The Power Game in Byzantium

    The Power Game in Byzantium

    Antonina and the Empress Theodora

    James Allan Evans

    Continuum 2011

    Hardback 280pp Illustrated

    9781441140784   Product Code: 22293

    Justinian's reign (527-565) was a time of increasing intolerance and absolutism but also brought social mobility, with both the Empress Theodora and her friend Antonina rising from origins in the theatre to positions of great power and influence. In his history of this turbulent period Evans examines how both women negotiated the intrigues of the Byzantine imperial court; he pays special attention to Antonina's management of her husband Belisarius' career and Theodora's protection of Christians who rejected the Chalcedonian creed.

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