Many of you know I'm currently writing a book about Empress Theodora of 500's Byzantium. One of the biggest reasons I wanted to go on my trip this past September (besides visiting my family) is that I wanted to walk through sights that whispered of her world, so I could dive in and really FEEL what might have been her surroundings.
I visited the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki, and was blown AWAY by the beauty- not just the objects IN the museum, but the structure itself. I like to think of Theodora as a woman who, against SO many odds and challenges, became a formidable force in a world that was RULED by men, the church, and Roman law. Theodora is my light.
I think she would have loved this necklace.
Thank you, darling Sophanista.