xoxoxoe, #48 Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore, by Stella Duffy

Here is an excerpt from my reviews of my #48 book, Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore, by Stella Duffy, on my blog, xoxoxo e:

Her father was a bear trainer and after his death her mother paraded her three daughters in the Hippodrome, trying to win the support of Constantinople’s Blue faction. Theodora became an actress and dancer and ultimately, whore. She would perform for high society at private banquets. One of her most infamous numbers, “Leda and the Swan,” was basically a striptease where was covered with barley and had trained geese peck it away, revealing her nude form underneath. She fell in love with the Syrian Hecebolus and moved to Africa with him wen he was appointed the governor of the Libyan Pentapolis. But she was eventually discarded by Hecebolus and she made her way to Egypt, Alexandria. There she  came under the influence of the bishop Timothy and experienced a conversion.

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