Theodora was born in the lower 500s of Byzantine society, and after her father’s death when she was 16, she worked as an actress to support her family. In those days this profession was considered scandalous, for that society being an actress was synonymous with being a prostitute. When he turned sixteen he focused his life on Jesus Christ. Thus, he renounced his lifestyle immersed in “sin.”
She later met Justinian in 522, who was then the heir to the Byzantine Empire. Justinian fell in love with her and wanted to marry her immediately. He even overthrew a law forbidding him from marrying her to make it possible. Theodora and Justinian were known to rule intellectually and with ambitions for change, encouraged by the Empress’s thought. Also, she attended the rights of prostitutes in particular to close brothels, creating protective safe houses, and passing laws to ban forced prostitution. It also expanded women’s rights in divorce cases, and abolished a law that allowed a man to kill his wife by committing adultery. Finally, Theodora died in 548, according to the most recent studies of cancer.
ORIGIN OF THE LEGEND
How did the black legend about Cleopatra begin? Who were the contemporaries in charge of disseminating it? Why are they interested in sharing these reasonings?
THE LEGEND THROUGH THE CENTURIES
Who were in charge of continuing the transmission of the black legend? By what means did they do it? How successful has the legend been to the present day?
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