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Empress Theodora by marasop Empress Theodora by marasop
Theodora, empress of Bizantine Empire. Wife of Justinian.
Theodora is one of my favorite queens!

Theodora was empress of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire and the wife of Emperor Justinian I. Like her husband, she is a saint in the Orthodox Church, besides to be, perhaps, the most influential and powerful woman in the Roman Empire's history.

Her beauty, wit and amusing character drew attention from Justinian, who wanted to marry her. However, he couldn't, since he was heir of the throne of his uncle, Emperor Justin I, and a Roman law from Constantine's time prevented government officials from marrying actresses. Even Empress Euphemia, who liked Justinian and ordinarily refused him nothing, was against his wedding with an actress. But when Euphemia had died, Justin repealed the law, and Justinian managed to marry Theodora. By this point, she already had a daughter (probably Justinian was the girl's father).

As empress, Theodora participated in Justinian's legal and spiritual reforms, and her involvement in the increase of the rights of women was substantial. She had laws passed that prohibited forced prostitution and closed brothels.

Theodora is considered a great female figure of the Byzantine Empire, and a pioneer of feminism, because of the laws she passed, increasing the rights of women. As a result of Theodora's efforts, the status of women in the Byzantine Empire was elevated far above that of women in the Middle East and the rest of Europe.

This outfit is inspired on the most famous portrait of Theodora, the mosaic of her and Justinian in Ravenna.

some inspirations for this outift:
Empress Theodora in Ravenna's mosaik: [link]
Empress Theodora's close: [link]
Empress Theodora's outfit: [link]
Empress Theodora's doll: [link]

6th century AD

more about her: [link]
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findmadison Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
REASONS I LOVE THIS:
1.) the art is really good
2.) the art is historically accurate
3.) it does not fetishize Theodora

THIS IS AMAZING THANK YOU BLESS YOU BLESS YOUR FAMILY BLESS YOUR COW
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marasop Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
Thank you!!! :heart:
I love Theodora!!!
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PheonixImmortalis Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I never realise the pearls i'm so stupid
Theodora is a very intersting person i even got a little book about her and her only
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marasop Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
I love her. She is one of my favorite queens/Empresses! :D
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PheonixImmortalis Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I know is there other not really known empresses/queens that you like?

(What i mean by that is royals like Louise queen of prussia or empress Wu Zetian or even Cixi not like Marie-Antoinette or queen Victoria)
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marasop Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
I have a huge list of great queens and empress I like! 
I know too little about the oriental ones, I would have to research more about them to be able to choose some to represent, and in the moment I'm out of time for that. For now, I will continue only with the history of Western fashion even. But in the future, maybe I choose a few to represent the periods of the fashion history of Chinese, Japanese and Indian civilizations. Let's see ...
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DelemnO Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok this is really cute and accurate, I love it!
As far as I know Justian wasn't the father of Theodora's daughter, she gave birth to her when she was 15 or 16, a common age for giving birth at the time, and she didn't know Justinian yet.
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marasop Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Thank you!
I have a huge admiration for her! She is one of my top 10 most important women in history... And as far as I know, they don't have any legitimate children... But as a lot of her history is pure expeculation, maybe Justinian was the father of her bastard daughter. Obviously it's impossible to be sure of that, especially because Theodora had important enemies that defamed her writing a biography of her that can not be considered reliable..
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I had to do an oral report on her, she's awesome! :D
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marasop Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Really?
I love her! I would like so much if Hollywood make a good movie about her!
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LuchoBorello Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
It would be much better if it were an European movie. Hollywood, except for brilliant exceptions, often ruins very interesting characters. It would be great if it could be possible to do  miniseries about Justinian, Theodora and Count Belisarius, when the Byzantine Empire spread to its maximum area.

Great art!
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marasop Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
I totally agree with you!
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fayefujiko Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012   General Artist
She was awesome! And I wish I had her gown! :tantrum:
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marasop Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Yeah! She is magnificent!!! I love her!!! And her gown... so amazing! XD
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great detail on the dress! I love it!
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marasop Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thanks!!!
Theodora aways fascinated me!!! XD
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can see why! She's an amazing character.
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marasop Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Yes... I tottaly agree with you! She was and still be an amazing woman!!! XD
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arantitaCrazy4ever Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
I love the queen's dress
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marasop Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Me too!
I'm totally fascinated by her =D
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