Nika Revolts


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  • Nika!
  • Nika!
  • Nika!
  • Nika!
  • Both the greens and blues were chariot racing teams in the Byzantine Empire under Justinian.
  • Should we flee?
  • Justinian
  • Theodora
  • A green and a blue, about to be hung for rioting are set free.
  • Justinian
  • Theodora
  • ...
  • The crowd, blues and greens united, started chanting "Nika", meaning "win" and marched towards the palace.
  • My lords, the present occasion is too serious to allow me to follow the convention that a woman should not speak in a man’s council.  Those whose interests are threatened by extreme danger should think only of the wisest course of action, not of conventions. If you wish to save yourself, my lord, there is no difficulty.  We are rich; over there is the sea, and yonder are the ships.  Yet reflect for a moment whether, when you have once escaped to a place of security, you would not gladly exchange such safety for death.  As for me, I agree with the adage that the royal purple is the noblest shroud. In my opinion, flight is not the right course, even if it should bring us to safety.  It is impossible for a person, having been born into this world, not to die; but for one who has reigned it is intolerable to be a fugitive.  May I never be deprived of this purple robe, and may I never see the day when those who meet me do not call me empress.  
  • Terrified for his own life, the Emperor Justinian considers fleeing.
  • But Empress Theodora does not want to flee.
  • Theodora gives a famous spech, changing her husband's mind.
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