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men reluctant to marry for money; prefer beautiful women

Sixth-century sophist Choricius of Gaza pretended to make a case for a young war-hero to marry an ugly but wealthy girl. His declamation is a parody. … Read the post men reluctant to marry for money; prefer beautiful women
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June 4, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

Holy House in Loreto founded with Apuleius’s Metamorphoses

In his anti-Christian Metamorphoses, Apuleius may have mocked an earlier Christian story like the medieval story of the Holy House translated to Loreto. … Read the post Holy House in Loreto founded with Apuleius’s Metamorphoses
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June 4, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

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May 31, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

love central to progymnasmata of Nikephoros Basilakes

Nikephoros Basilakes in his 12th-century progymnasmata (rhetorical exercises) brought together in Byzantium classical and Christian literature on love. … Read the post love central to progymnasmata of Nikephoros Basilakes
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May 28, 2017, 6:28 p.m.

Mango on Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism

Cyril Mango's influential 1980 book Byzantium: The Empire of the New Rome fallaciously describes Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism. … Read the post Mango on Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism
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May 28, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

fine Byzantine invective: Mazaris to his friend Holobolos in Hades

In Mazaris's Journey to Hades, Mazaris with highly literary invective harshly cursed his friend Holobolos for advising him to move to the Peloponnese. … Read the post fine Byzantine invective: Mazaris to his friend Holobolos in Hades
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May 28, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Mango on Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism

Cyril Mango’s 1980 book Byzantium: The Empire of the New Rome influentially described Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism. Mango published this book from his lofty position as Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature at the University of Oxford. Mango’s introduction recognized that “Byzantine” inaptly labels the continuation of the Roman Empire. … Continue reading Mango on Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism
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May 25, 2017, 1:20 p.m.

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May 24, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

the marriage of Socrates, friendship, and life and death of the sole

The marriage of Socrates and Meroe in Apuleius's Metamorphoses provides rich context for Apuleius's reading of the Phaedo and De Platone et eius Dogmate 3. … Read the post the marriage of Socrates, friendship, and life and death of the sole
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May 21, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Procopius to Sardou: gender in demonization of Justinian & Theodora

Procopius demonized Justinian more extensively than he did Theodora. Now we have as our woman-hero the Theodora of Victorien Sardou's Théodora. … Read the post Procopius to Sardou: gender in demonization of Justinian & Theodora
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May 21, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

Nikephoros Gregoras to husband being cuckolded by beautiful wife

In 14th-century Byzantium, Nikephoros Gregoras urged a husband-friend to accept his being cuckolded as the natural order in marrying a beautiful woman. … Read the post Nikephoros Gregoras to husband being cuckolded by beautiful wife
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May 21, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

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May 10, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

Empress Theodora, a woman leader with strong, independent sexuality

In his Secret History, Procopius recorded 6th-century Byzantine Empress Theodora's strong, independent sexuality and her full commitment to her career. … Read the post Empress Theodora, a woman leader with strong, independent sexuality
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May 8, 2017, 1:23 a.m.

Kekaumenos knew seductive skills more potent than emperor’s wealth

Wary of friends, the 11th-century Byzantine nobleman Kekaumenos recognized that a man with seductive skills could readily have sex with another man’s wife. … Read the post Kekaumenos knew seductive skills more potent than emperor’s wealth
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May 8, 2017, 12:56 a.m.

men leaders like General Belisarius lick women’s feet under gynocracy

The eminent Byzantine general Belisarius licked the soles of his wife's feet. That indicates men's gynocentric subordination to women throughout history. … Read the post men leaders like General Belisarius lick women’s feet under gynocracy
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May 8, 2017, 12:43 a.m.

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May 3, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

repressive codes of conduct for communication now pervasive

Pervasive, present-day communicative codes of conduct are far more repressive than communicative norms in illiberal, medieval Byzantium. … Read the post repressive codes of conduct for communication now pervasive
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April 30, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Psellos supported gender equality in eleventh-century Byzantium

With his keen understanding of his mother’s life and gender advantage, Michael Psellos strongly advocated for gender equality in 11th-century Byzantium. … Read the post Psellos supported gender equality in eleventh-century Byzantium
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April 30, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

grateful cuckold: emperor accepted cuckolding for foot massage in bed

Confronted with being cuckolded, no less than the Byzantine Emperor Romanos III acquiesced in exchange merely for foot massages in bed. … Read the post grateful cuckold: emperor accepted cuckolding for foot massage in bed
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April 30, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

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April 26, 2017, 4:01 a.m.