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Theodora of Constantinople
Theodora, a bearkeeper’s daughter, is the Hippodrome’s favorite actress. Tempted by gold, she performs a lewd act on stage before a crowd of excited spectators. Later, humiliated and struggling to gain respect, she accepts a governor’s offer of marriage and accompanies him to his villa in North Africa, lured by promises of sanctuary and status. Disillusioned and desperate, ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by Elizabeth Elson
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I came across Theodora when she was referenced in The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O'Bryan before my last trip to Turkey. I found her utterly fascinating. But, unfortunately, have been unsuccessful in finding a non-fiction work on her. So, I began searching out historical - fiction work to learn more. What I did glean from internet searches verified the woman portrayed in O'Bryan's work. Born at the turn of the 6th century, Theodora was a prostitute who performed "adult entertainment" on stage ...more