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Theodosian Empresses: Women and Imperial Dominion in Late Antiquity

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Theodosian Empresses sets a series of compelling women on the stage of history and offers new insights into the eastern court in the fifth century.
Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 25th 1989 by University of California Press (first published 1982)
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Hans Kerrinckx
Kenneth G. Hollum’s book “Theodosian Empresses. Women and Imperial Dominion in Late Antiquity” (1982) is definitely not an easy read. Hollum explains that his book is the result of his Ph. D. dissertation at the University of Chicago.
You need a solid understanding of the Theodosian dynasty, the religious questions faced by the orthodox emperors and early Byzantium. As the result of a Ph. D. dissertation this book was – to my opinion - not sufficiently edited before publication. A laymen will eas
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Laura Jean
Mar 09, 2010 Laura Jean rated it it was amazing
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Melodrama, powerful women, and how trinitarian theology got (mostly) sorted out. This book sheds light on why in the world Christians think the relationship between God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is the way they think it is.

Many modern Christians seem to believe they came up with a simple answer to the complex issue of trinitarian theology based on their very own interpretation of that very clear book, the Bible. Little do they know that their mind was made up for them, a couple thousand y
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Laura Najemy
Jul 23, 2013 Laura Najemy rated it liked it
This book is a good read for someone who has a solid understanding of the Theodosian dynasty, the religious questions faced by the orthodox emperors and early Byzantium. The book provides a wealth of information on the question of Theotokos decided at the council of Ephesus as well as the creation of imperial basileia. The book was originally written as a Ph.D. thesis and was not sufficiently edited before publication. Therefore, it does not give a lot of background, but rather plunges ...more
Amy Hughes
There's been some work updating how one reads the power of the empress in Late Antiquity, but Holum's work is a good place to start.
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