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Theodora : Empress of Byzantium (04 Edition)by Paolo Cesaretti
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This book is a gripping, long-overdue biography of one of the most intriguing and powerful female figures of Western history: Theodora of Byzantium. Ruthlessly criticized and reviled by her contemporaries, Theodora, the beautiful wife of Emperor Justinian, began her life as the daughter of a bear-keeper and rose to be Justinian's partner in politics as well as in life, ruling from 527 to 548. She stood by his side in Constantinople as he built a "second Rome," waging battles against the Goths and Vandals, quelling nationalist unrest in Egypt, and suppressing a rebellion at their doorstep by mercilessly slaughtering 30,000 in Constantinople's stadium. Theodora's political savvy saved Justinian's empire time and time again.
When the European editions of Theodora were published, it was hailed as the "Book of the Year." Author Paolo Cesaretti received the Ginzano Cavour Prize for sifting through a vast range of documentary material to deliver a richly entertaining story of an ambitious and cunning woman who defied the conventions of her time and triumphed over those who sought to defame and destroy her.
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There are only so many sources from which all the biographies of the sixth-century empress have been and can be written, says Cesaretti (Byzantine studies, U. of Chieti, Italy), but the element of artifact is ultimately the most important part of any biographer's work. He has sifted through and reorganized them into what he rather likes being called a biographical novel. The original Teodora was published in 2001 by Arnoldo Mondador Editore, Milan, and translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A in-depth portrait of the Byzantine Empress Theodora profiles one of the most important female figures in Western history, who was born the daughter of a bear-keeper and rose to become the wife and partner of the Emperor Justinian, leading a fascinating life depicted here in meticulously researched detail.
This book is a gripping, long-overdue biography of one of the most intriguing and powerful female figures of Western history: Theodora of Byzantium. Ruthlessly criticized and reviled by her contemporaries, Theodora, the beautiful wife of Emperor Justinian, began her life as the daughter of a bear-keeper and rose to be Justinian's partner in politics as well as in life, ruling from 527 to 548. She stood by his side in Constantinople as he built a second Rome
About the Author
Paolo Cesaretti, an internationally recognized authority in Byzantine studies, teaches at the University of Chieti, Italy. In addition to his many books, he regularly contributes to important Italian publications, including Corriere della Sera and Il Giornale.
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