Empress Theodora By- Kumari Billings

Empress Theodora By- Kumari Billings
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  • Theodora's Early Life
  • Meeting Justinian
  • Becoming Empress
  • All Hail Empress Theodora!
  • When growing up, Theodora watched her father train bears at the Hippodrome, which was a circus in Constantinople. When she reached the age to be on her own, she decided to go off and be an actress as well as a wool spinner.
  • Powerful Empress Theodora
  • No longer will young girls be trafficked in Byzantium.
  • When Theodora met emperor to be Justinian, she was already a converted Christian. Justinian was not only attracted by her beauty, but her intelligence. Before the could marry, a law had to be passed that allowed actresses to marry men high on the social pyramid. They married in 525.
  • The Tragic Death of The Empress of Byzantium
  • Theodora was so intelligent when it came to politics that some believed she ruled Byzantium instead of Justinian. Her name is mentioned in almost every law that was passed during her reign. She also did things that sometimes only an emperor did.
  • Fun Facts
  • Justinian you must stay and fight!
  • While Empress, Theodora did many meaningful things. For instance, during her reign, she made laws that offered women more rights. She made a law that stopped the trafficking of young girls, as well as altering the divorce law so that woman would have a greater benefit.
  • Theodora died in the year 548 due to cancer. Although her death was painful to not only Justinian, but to the entire empire. she left a legacy on the world, showing that girls truly could be intelligent and beautiful at the same time.
  • One cool fact about Theodora was that during Justinian's reign, he had a rival emperor. When everyone told him to leave and abandon his empire, she was the one that convinced him to stay and save it. I think this shows that Theodora is beyond brave and powerful.
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