Just discovered thanks to google that today is the "international women's day". I thought it'd be a good opportunity to upload a small text I originally wrote for a deviation that never got finished. Hope it sparks some interest
Byzantium, like any society, greatly overestimated virility -ironic for a people always accused of being effeminate by the westerners-. Not as ironic as Anna Komnene struggling to find proper words to describe the utter horror that is the castration of the ambassadors of Henry IV by pope Gregory VII (that never happened by the by), considering how eunuchs were omnipresent at her court. But it is to be noted that during the military obsessed age that was the komnenian era, eunuchs lost a lot of their influence around the warlike emperors.
Still, depriving one’s masculinity was considered the greatest offense that could be inflicted (the body of the Caesar Bardas was allegedly posthumously castrated by his murderers).
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