The Emperor Justinian and the Empress Theodora after the Nika riot (18 January 532 AD)

"The Emperor Justinian and the Empress Theodora after the Nika riot January 532 AD)", Giorgio Albertini

Queen Theodora – (497-548 AD) – the wife of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, emperor of the Roman Empire. She was declared a saint by the Orthodox Christian Church and is believed to be the most powerful and influential woman in the history of the Roman Empire.

Theodora I (c. 500 – 28 June Empress of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire and wife of Emperor Justinian I. Detail from century mosaic "Empress Theodora and Her Court”, Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna via Wikipedia.

Emperor Justinian I during the Nika Riots, in which Empress Theodora persuades him to fight instead of flee.    Art by Andre Durenceau, National Geographic Magazine Vol. 122, no. 6, Dec. 1962.

Andre Durenceau - "Emperor Justinian I during the Nika Riots, in which Empress Theodora persuades him to fight instead of flee" - National Geographic Magazine,

"Justiniano I frente al hipódromo, Constantinopla, siglo VI dC."

The last of the Great Roman Emperors, Justinian, surveys the landscape of Constantinople, including the newly built Hagia Sophia.

13 January 532 – Nika riots in Constantinople

What is a riot? A riot is property damage with a point. It is a great taking and shaking, a rollicking rampage, the unleashing of the collective id, society’s steam-valve.

War on the Terraces: The Nika Riots

First the stewards and then the riot squad had been unable to deal with the supporters when trouble flared on the stands, and eventually, after they had oc

December 27, 537: Justinian dedicates the 3rd Hagia Sophia (1st had burned in the riots of 404 & 2nd burned in the Nika riots of 532). Procopius noted that Justinian dedicated the magnificent building to God & then said: "Solomon I have excelled you!" [14th c. Manasses Chronicle]

December 27, 537: Justinian dedicates the 3rd Hagia Sophia (1st had burned in the riots of 404 & 2nd burned in the Nika riots of 532). Procopius noted that Justinian dedicated the magnificent building to God & then said: "Solomon I have excelled you!" [14th c. Manasses Chronicle]

The Emperor Justinian, who expanded the boundaries of Byzantine Empire to a double amount, had Hagia Sophia built and reigned for 38 years, could have lost his throne because of the riots on the fifth year of his reign. If the riots had been successful in its aim, Hagia Sophia would not have ever existed.

Nika Revolt Constantinople against Byzantine Emperor Justinian, Empress Theodora. Hagia Sophia destroyed in prising, riot.

Nika riots - Wikipedia

Nika riots - Wikipedia

Once the original Hagia Sophia was destroyed, it had been reconstructed by Theodosius the truly amazing, but sadly it had been burnt lower again within the Nika riots of 532. A few of the remains can nonetheless be seen after deep excavations.

Once the original Hagia Sophia was destroyed, it had been reconstructed by Theodosius the truly amazing, but sadly it had been burnt lower again within the Nika riots of A few of the remains can nonetheless be seen after deep excavations.

War on the Terraces: The Nika Riots.  First the stewards and then the riot squad had been unable to deal with the supporters when trouble flared on the stands, and eventually, after they had occupied the entire stadium in their tens of thousands, the decision was made to send in troops and declare martial law. Order was to be restored, and anyone still disobeying the command to vacate did so at their own risk.

Chariot Racing was one of the most popular sports in Ancient Greece and Rome. It fell after the Western Roman Empire fell.

Once the original Hagia Sophia was destroyed, it had been reconstructed by Theodosius the truly amazing, but sadly it had been burnt lower again within the Nika riots of 532. A few of the remains can nonetheless be seen after deep excavations. 44

Once the original Hagia Sophia was destroyed, it had been reconstructed by Theodosius the truly amazing, but sadly it had been burnt lower again within the Nika riots of A few of the remains can nonetheless be seen after deep excavations.

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