The Empress Theodora: Partner of Justinian by James Allan EvansEven by modern standards, the Empress Theodora (?-548) had a remarkable rise to power. Born into the lowest class of Byzantine society, she worked as an actress in burlesque theater. Yet she attracted the love of the future emperor Justinian, who, to the astonishment of proper society, made her not only his wife but also his partner in government. Justinians respect for and trust in Theodora gave her power in her own right unmatched by almost any other Roman or Byzantine empress.
In this book, James Allan Evans provides a scholarly, yet highly accessible account of the life and times of the Empress Theodora. He follows her from her childhood as a Hippodrome bearkeepers daughter to her imperial roles as Justinians most trusted counselor and as an effective and powerful advocate for the downtrodden. In particular, he focuses on the ways in which Theodora worked to improve the lives of women. He also explores the pivotal role Theodora played in the great religious controversy of her time, involving a breach between sects in the Christian church.
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Thank you! How to adapt cognitive therapy techniques to overcome obsessive self-defeating thoughts about past mistakes, and how to develop the wherewithal to make positive changes. The first step: write down all past errors, missed opportunities, etc. Next comes a three-columned list of what should have been done, what feasibly could have been done, and the likely consequences of each act. This presumably enables one to overcome negative thinking about the past. Improving one's life calls for writing down a dozen or so possibilities, eliminating all but the most feasible, listing the actions required to make these a reality, and rating the advantages and disadvantages of each action on a scale of
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