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Inside the Byzantine boudoir
Follow us on a journey guided by beauty. A fascinating tour of the 6th century AD Constantinople – its public baths, the houses of nobility and plebeians, even the private chambers of the Empress Theodora!
By Lena Ioannidou

Although antiquity adored and praised the human body, Christianity deemed it something corruptible and earthly, an obstacle to the salvation of the soul. Engaging in grooming was considered a sin and was condemned by the Church. Nevertheless, through scientific studies and testimonies by historiographers who were contemporaries of Theodora, the most famous Byzantine Empress, we find that the external appearance had never ceased to play a leading role in the lives of women and men alike.