November 16th, 2007

was sleeping

(no subject)

Procopius writes in his Secret History that Empress Theodora had all of the prostitutes in the city rounded up and sent to some place so horrible that some of them preferred death. But John Malalas, a contemporary Syrian writer, describes it kind of differently. According to him, there were a bunch of pimps who bought paupers' daughters, gave them only clothing that was immediately identifiable as "prostitute", and had them work for them as something like indentured servants. Theodora arrested these pimps, gave the prostitutes enough money to buy their freedom and a little extra to get them on their feet, and new clothes, then let them go.