Theodora

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Beginning her life at the very bottom of the social ladder, Theodora lived a life of poverty and disappointments, until it all turned around and she was appointed the role worthy of her character. Her gradual rise to power was Justinian’s doing, but her ability to fulfill the positions requirements, kept her in a position of power and influence over her trusting husband. Her strength, courage and persistance made her the perfect candidate for this position, and the responsibilities that it encompassed. We will give a bref description of her childhood and her unorthodox path to adulthood, followed by her rise to power, to conclude with her contributions for women’s rights, as well as her ability to fulfill her duties as her husbands trusted advisor. Theodora grew up within the social context of the Hippodrome, the stadiums used for horse and chariot races. When Theodora was born the 4 factions of the empire had been reduced to the green and the blue. These 2 factions served as a supporter’s club managing the Hippodrome and its entertainment (Bridge, Anthony. 1993). These factions had a certain political influence in the hippodrome, they conveyed the voice of the people to the emperor. Her father is said to have been a bear keeper for the green faction (add source.), and other conflicting sources claim he was a Syrian orthodox priest (orange book). When he passed, he left three daughters and a widow, who had to find a way to survive in this patriarchal world. The three daughters took up acting, which at the time was considered as equivalent to prostitution (blue book?). Starting at the age of 12, Theodora would make appearances on stage, and proved to be a good comedian. Some sources claim she was popular not only because of her charm and beauty, but also due to her willingness to remove clothing on stage(blue book). She eventually offered sexual services as well to…...

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