Theodora started off as an actress, a dancer, and well basically a high end prostitute. Eventually she bumped into Justinian I, who ended up changing the laws so he could marry this beautiful woman who turned out to also be smart too. He made her co-regent which meant that they shared the throne. One day a riot broke out and Justinian was ready to leave town in hopes of exile instead of death. At the docks Theodora put her royal foot down. She told Justinian and his crew that purple makes a fine funeral shroud and that she wasn't going anywhere. Her speech convinced her hubby and crew to stay. She helped out the ladies too, passing women's rights laws.