(c. 500—548) Byzantine empress

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(c. 500–48),

Byzantine empress, wife of Justinian, said to have been an actress, and the daughter of a bearkeeper. As Justinian's closest adviser, she exercised a considerable influence on political affairs and the theological questions of the time. She is depicted in the mosaics of the church of San Vitale at Ravenna.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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