Empress of Byzantium
Hardback 400pp Illustrated
9780865652378   Product Code: 21106
The extraordinary story of the empress Theodora, a burlesque actress who married Justinian and became one of history's most important women, has been much mythologized ever since the scandalous Secret History of Procopius. Cesaretti's acclaimed biography is based on research into the often contradictory literary and historical texts as well as monuments and inscriptions which combine to reveal how she created her own unique identity and saved Justinian's empire through her wisdom and counsel.