January Meetup: "Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore" by Stella Duffy

APOLOGIES: THE DATE HAS CHANGED. IT IS NOW ONE WEEK LATER THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED, IT WILL BE ON MONDAY 21 JANUARY.

 

Thanks to everyone who voted.

Our January book will be Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy.

Hope you can make it!

 



Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy (2010)
Pages: 352
http://www.amazon.co....



Description
"Justinian took a wife: and the manner she was born and bred, and wedded to this man, tore up the Roman Empire by the very roots", Procopius.
Charming, charismatic, heroic - Theodora of Constantinople rose from nothing to become the most powerful woman in the history of Byzantine Rome. In Stella Duffy's breathtaking new novel, she comes to life again - a fascinating, controversial and seductive woman. Some called her a saint. Others were not so kind... When her father is killed, the young Theodora is forced into near slavery to survive. But just as she learns to control her body as a dancer, and for the men who can afford her, so she is determined to shape a very different fate for herself. From the vibrant streets and erotic stage shows of sixth century Constantinople to the holy desert retreats of Alexandria, Theodora is an extraordinary imaginative achievement from one of our finest writers.


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  • Frans

    I enjoyed it. Nice group. Right balance between book analyses & opinions, and open & friendly conversation.

    February 5, 2013

  • Richard A.

    hi all, sorry couldn't be there, sounds like you had a great time. See you next time, hopefully!

    January 24, 2013

  • Nishma

    Justin and Others,

    Many thanks for making me feel welcome and I hope to attend more.

    Achilleas, thank you for the historical background and I have downloaded the Queen of Lies :)

    Nishma

    January 23, 2013

  • Nishma

    I really enjoyed my first meetup, thanks for making me welcome.

    January 23, 2013

  • Antoine V.

    What a splendidly enjoyable meeting and thanks to Justin for organising! For anybody interested in the history of Constantinople/Istanbul, and who needs a guide to this wonderful city, then run down a copy of "Istanbul - The Imperial City" by John Freely. It's not only a very readable history, ab urbe condita to 1995, but also includes an excellent guide to the various monuments and buildings mentioned, chapter by chapter. Even a three-day visit wold allow you to see a lot, but will also leave you with a desire to return for longer.

    The Alfred Duggan novel about Lepidus which I mentioned is "Three's Company".

    And finally, thanks to Achillas for the great link provided.

    January 23, 2013

  • Antoine V.

    What a splendidly enjoyable meeting and thanks to Justin for organising! For anybody interested in the history of Constantinople/Istanbul, and who needs a guide to this wonderful city, then run down a copy of "Istanbul - The Imperial City" by John Freely. It's not only a very readable history, ab urbe condita to 1995, but also includes an excellent guide to the various monuments and buildings mentioned, chapter by chapter. Even a three-day visit wold allow you to see a lot, but will also leave you with a desire to return for longer.

    The Alfred Duggan novel about Lepidus which I mentioned is "Three's Company".

    And finally, thanks to Achillas for the great link provided.

    January 23, 2013

  • Achilleas M.

    For those who would like more videos on byzantium, particularly some great animations, do stop by my YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/achilleasmavrel

    The first animation in the list gives a geat feel for the Hippodrome, courtesy of Byzantium1200.com. Remember this could seat up to 50,000, so it is interesting to contemplate how Theodora may have been heard across the full length. There were probably several perfomances going on simultaneously along the length of the stadium.

    January 22, 2013

    • Kath W.

      Hey Achilleas Thanks for your wonderful readings last night. I just bought your book for my Kindle so am looking forward to reading it.:-)

      January 22, 2013

  • Achilleas M.

    Great comments from a set of very discerning and critical readers, and led, as always, so superby by our Chairman. Not to mention useful for a budding author to get some idea of what works and what doesn't.

    January 22, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Hi Justin, not sure what the snow might do to my plans... I'll make a final decision tomorrow late afternoon. Richard

    January 20, 2013

  • Joanna J.

    21 is fine for me. See you then!

    January 8, 2013

  • Achilleas M.

    Justin, an earlier start time would definitely make it easier for me, but anything before 6:30pm would not work.

    Might one suggest Orhan Pamuk's "My name is red" as a future read? It is set some 400 years ago in the Ottoman Empire. As some of you know I have a particular interest in Byzantine/Ottoman literature, so am quite happy to be shouted down on this, but the English translation by Erdağ M. Göknar is quite magnificent and I'd enjoy the opportunity to discuss with the group Pamuk's style and general take on history.

    December 21, 2012

    • Ariana T.

      I read that book back in 2005!

      December 21, 2012

    • Justin

      Hi Achilleas, just looked into that Pamuk book. It sounds good. But, at almost 700 pages long in the current paperback, I would be very hesitant in putting it forward as a potential book group read.

      December 26, 2012

  • Justin

    Just to clarify - I do not propose changing the time of this scheduled January meetup as it's not so far away and people have RSVP'ed for it as it stands. But I may change the time for future meetups depending on the responses I get.

    December 20, 2012

  • Richard A.

    Justin, re your question about starting time. my own work pattern has changed a bit since November and an earlier time would suit me. I can still make the later time but a start of 6/6:15/6:30 would be better for me.

    December 20, 2012

  • Pam

    I may be a bit late for Jan 14th meeting as I am on a course, so please start without me, and I will join you as soon as I can
    Pam

    December 12, 2012

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