Ch13-Byzantium - Racy stuff from Procopius Who do you think...

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1Often, even in the theater, in the sight of all the people, she removed her costume and stood nude in their midst, except for a girdle about the groin: not that she was abashed at revealing that, too, to the audience, but because there was a law against appearing altogether naked on the stage, without at least this much of a fig-leaf. Covered thus with a ribbon, she would sink down to the stage floor and recline on her back. Slaves to whom the duty was entrusted would then scatter grains of barley from above into the calyx of this passion flower, whence geese, trained for the purpose, would next pick the grains one by one with their bills and eat. Racy stuff from Procopius.Who do you think this is describing?
2Chapter 13The Commonwealth of Byzantium
3Ch 13 Byzantium part 1 Objectives1.Understand how the Byzantium Empire came about and the influence that Roman had on it2.Understand the administration of the Byzantium Empire3.Understand the significance of Byzantium on trade and interaction during the time period
4The Early Byzantine EmpireCapital: ByzantiumOn the BosporusCommercial, strategic value of locationConstantine names capital after himself (Constantinople), moves capital there 340 CE1453 falls to Turks, renamed Istanbul
5The Later Roman Empire and ByzantiumByzantine Empire inherits Roman Empire after fall of Rome in 5thc. CEEastern territories remain major power until 13thc. CE
6The Later Roman EmpireRoman infrastructure in placeRoads, institutional hierarchiesChallenges from strong Persian empire (Sassanid dynasty, 226-641 CE)Invasions of Germanic peoples
7CaesaropapismPower centralized in figure of Emperor Christian leader cannot claim divinity, rather divine authorityPolitical ruleInvolved in Religious rule as wellAuthority absolute

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