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Teodora, imperatrice di Bisanzio.
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Teodora, imperatrice di Bisanzio is a colourful Italian film produced in 1952.
The plot is loosely set on the biography of Theodora, showing in general terms
how she rose from the being a common actress to becoming the empress of
Byzantium. In spite of some historical licence taken by the film, it does an
excellent job at giving a sense, even if romanticized, of what life would have
been like in sixth century Constantinople.

Above all,
Teodora, imperatrice di Bisanzio gives an excellent into the life of
the Hippodrome, circus factions and a general view of Byzantine administration
within Constantinople. The scenes set in the imperial court in particular and
palace do wonders to show something of what it must have been like to be in
the presence of a Byzantine emperor and empress.

This film is a must see for anyone interested in Byzantine history, particularly
for those interested in Late Antique Constantinople.