Theodora could be harsh and unforgiving and was utterly ruthless but the reforms she instigated were to be significant and lasting. She took the rights of women seriously and was to raise their status in Byzantine society to unprecedented levels. Indeed, to the point where they were almost the equal of men making her one of the earliest great feminist icons. Even Procopius felt compelled to write “She was inclined to help women in hardship.”
On 28 June AD 548, Theodora who had been ill for some time, died, aged 48. The likely cause was breast cancer. Justinian was utterly distraught. At her funeral he wept uncontrollably and had to be steadied and led away. It was perceived as unseemly for an Emperor to display such raw emotion in public.
In his final few years Justinian who had always been renowned as a bundle of energy and was said to be the Emperor Who Never Sleeps could often be found in the early hours wandering the vast corridors of the Imperial Palace alone muttering to himself. Now he could no longer sleep tormented by his loss. His distress gained him little sympathy, many still sought to vent their anger on the peasant Emperor who had married a whore whereas others just thought him senile.
Justinian, the last great Emperor of Rome died alone and little mourned on 14 November AD 565, aged 83.
hello! my name is Ora (short for Theodora) and i’m so excited to be joining the studyblr community! i’ve been lurking for about a couple of months and i’m absolutely in love with all of the wonderful people here :)
★ i’m fifteen years old ★ i’m going to be a junior (eleventh grade) next year. ★ i’m a ravenclaw, a pisces, and my mbti is infj ★
i live in texas. yee haw. no, we don’t say that. ★
i speak english fluently, but I’m learning french, spanish, italian, german, portuguese, japanese, and korean. ★
in college i plan going to pursue a major in biomedical/biochemical engineering or premed with a minor in French, theatre, or business, or all three. ★ i like stars! could you tell? ★
want to know more idk why? check here!
★ ap u.s. history ★ ap english iii (ap language and composition) ★ ap calculus bc ★ ap biology ★ pre-ap french iii ★ theatre iii ★ pals (peer assistance and leadership)
sorry there are so many, i love all of y’all!! tbh there are way more hehe.
i’ll be tracking #celandine studies, so please tag your posts with that it would make my heart happy! please, please, please message me if you want to be friends/for study groups! i’d love to make some new study(blr) buddies!
Character Description: A concubine of Garon and the mother of Leo. Seems airy and delightful, but actually delights in toying with and manipulating others’ feelings and actions.
Neutral 5* Lv 40 Stats: 38 HP | 33 Atk | 22 Spd | 19 Def | 33 Res
5* Weapon: Fear
Special: Solid-Earth Balm
Skill B: Escape Route
Fear, Physic, and Escape Route all seemed like they fit into her manipulative nature. Also considered Live to Serve as her passive skill since she would also benefit from that (at a safe distance thanks to Physic), but didn’t want her to be TOO similar to Elise.
unsolicited list of favorite quotes from badass historical women
I only need three things to subordinate [a horse]: an iron whip, an iron hammer, and a sharp dagger. I will whip it with the iron whip. If it does not submit, I will hammer its head with the iron hammer. If it still does not submit, I will cut its throat with the dagger. Emperor Taizong praised my bravery. Do you really believe that you are qualified to dirty my dagger? (Wu Zetian)
Fool! Don’t you see now that I could have poisoned you a hundred times had I been able to live without you? (Cleopatra)
God forgive you, but I never can. (Elizabeth I)
Courage? I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end? (Marie Antoinette)
For my own part, I adhere to the maxim of antiquity, that the throne is a glorious sepulchre. (Theodora)
I lose. I win. I defend myself when I am attacked. I take when someone has taken from me. (Mata Hari)
In my end is my beginning. (Mary of Scots)
If we just fold our arms and yield to them, I would have no face to see our ancestors after death. If we must perish, why not fight to the death?
The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.
(Victoria of the United Kingdom)
I am not afraid… I was born to do this.
(Joan of Arc)
I bend my knee to no man. Unless I choose to. (Caterina Sforza)
I choose what I believe, and say nothing. For I am not as simple as I may seem.
(Catherine of Aragon)
If it ever lay in my power, I will work the Cardinal as much displeasure as he has done to me. (Anne Boleyn)
I am not fighting for my kingdom and wealth now. I am fighting as an ordinary person for my lost freedom, my bruised body, and my outraged daughters. (Boudicca)
(feel free to add more!! and please let me know if any of these aren’t legit because some might actually be unsourced)
All I want in life is some beautiful, luxurious TV series about Justinian and Theodora. I want it to be produced by HBO, I want them to just throw money at it and depict the full splendor of court life. I want drama about Church controversies, about important families, about sex. I want it to cover the period before Justinian marries Theodora, and his family’s opposition to his marriage. I want court intrigue in Constantinople. I want to see the push for conquest westward. I want it to play up all of the divisive views about the couple we get from Procopius and then some.
Seriously - sex, violence, power struggles, it could have everything. I also want them to hire some historians, so they don’t fuck it up.
What did each of the Nohr Royals inherit from their mothers, both physically or personality wise? Including Xander and Katerina, as well as the concubine moms if you don't mind!
well… I don’t think these kiddos inherited a lot from their moms personality wise, because the concubines caused the kid’s personalities because of their parenting rather then straight-up passing it down from themselves. But there’s a few things they inherited.
Katerina/Xander - Psychical - blonde curls, - though Xander’s aren’t as bouncy or as light as Katerina’s - long slender face, fine eyebrows, light complexion. Personality - Hard working ethics, belief in effort over natural ability, both believe political and militaristic prowess are as important as family life (although Katerina believes politics and military service are a little more important), they’re both very hard on their soldiers but are also both very caring underneath that.
Ione/Camilla - Psychical - purple wavy hair, purple eyes, (but Camilla’s purple hair and eyes are lighter then Ione’s thanks to Garon’s blonde mixing in) boobs, down-turned eyes, and long slender legs. Camilla has more of a baby face compared to Ione’s slender cheeks. Personality - Ruthlessness, they both talk down to everyone, have troubles warming up to people, and can come across as cold and uncaring.
Theo/Leo - Psychical - exact same eye shape, although Theodora has fuller eyelashes, cute upturned nose, full cheeks, soft face, Leo’s hair is a little bit darker towards his hairline - he gets that from Theodora’s brown hair. Personality - Refined nature, they both have masks and fronts they rely on for public image, neither give second chances easily, perfectionists, and both love good books and intelligent conversation.
Livilla/Elise - Psychical - everything. Personality - Childishness, playfulness, they both have troubles letting loved ones go (although Livilla’s solutions are to kill whosoever is in the way…), they don’t think consequences out very well, and both are prone to jealousy, although Elise can get over it much better then her mom.