What chiefly drove Justinian, according to gossip, was his wife, Theodora. She had been an actress (in antiquity, often a euphemism for prostitute) before marrying Justinian. Rumor had it that her sex drive outdid even his; that she once slept with all the guests at a dinner party and then, when they were exhausted, worked through their thirty servants; and that she used to complain because God had given her only three orifices.

– Ian Morris, Why the West Rules – for Now: The Patterns of History and What They Reveal about the Future (2011)


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