The Power Game in Byzantium

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Author  James Allan Evans
Publisher  Continuum
Publication Date   December 22, 2011
ISBN  1441140786
Pages  288

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Justinian's reign (527-565) was a time of increasing intolerance and absolutism but also brought social mobility, with both the Empress Theodora and her friend Antonina rising from origins in the theatre to positions of great power and influence. In his history of this turbulent period Evans examines how both women negotiated the intrigues of the Byzantine imperial court; he pays special attention to Antonina's management of her husband Belisarius' career and Theodora's protection of Christians who rejected the Chalcedonian creed.

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