Manuela tossed condom necklaces to tourists.
Theodora, the consummate temptress, corrupted Constantinople.*
*A highly abbreviated summary of Procopius’ “The Secret History of the Court of Justinian”. Worth a good read if you’re tired of all this WordPress crap. Procopius gets right down to business and talks about some of the wackiest characters to ever run a nation, at least until the 20th and 21st Centuries. If you thought the Bolsheviks were odd, with their bank robbers, kidnappers, bombers, rapists and purges; or if the Nazis were off with their sympathetic magic, strange myths and rituals, and genocide; or if the public corruption, moral hypocrisies, trillion-dollar bailouts, and political theater of today are disturbing, then take a look at Justinian the Law-Giver and his coterie of prostitutes, crooks, extortionists, thugs, and Quixotic generals. The political violence, violent entertainments, plagues, crop failures and extortion are impressive and entertainingly described.
Frank’s trip report unconsciously echoed Petronius.