Born circa 497 A.D., Theodora was empress of the Byzantine Empire, in either Crete or Syria (historians disagree on the location). Theodora was one of the most influential women of her time. Her powerful husband, Justinian I, listened to her advice regarding political decisions. She is credited with influencing reforms, such as expanding divorce rights regarding property ownership to women, as well as other rights for women and children. Theodora reigned from 527 A.D. to 548 A.D. She died in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 28, 548 A.D.