HFM 130 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 1 – Empress Theodora (500-548)

February 8, 2016


We are launching a new series, looking at leaders in history who overcame significant adversity. History has demonstrated time and again that effective leaders emerge in times of great stress, change and uncertainty. The first person in this series is Empress Theodora, the co-ruler of the Byzantine Empire at the height of its power in the 6th century.

Learn how she rose from prostitute to mistress of a provincial governor to the co-ruler of Byzantine Empire, the defacto world’s most powerful woman. She stopped the Nika Revolts, kept Constantinople from falling to mob rule, commissioned dozens of churches and monasteries, and open up charitable institutions across the Eastern Mediterranean.


This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

You can get exclusive access to this new free online course studying the life of Churchill by going to Hillsdale.edu/h5m and signing up today.

Almost a million people have taken Hillsdale’s renowned courses like Constitution 101,  American Heritage. As a history fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

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About Michael Rank

Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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