Her accomplishments attracted Theodosius' sister Pulcheria, who took her into her retinue and destined her to be the emperor's wife.
In magnificence of equipage and retinue the abbots vied with the first nobles of the realm.
Towards the end of 66 he arrived in Greece with a retinue of soldiers, courtiers, musicians and dancers.
The Sicilians honoured his august aspect as he moved amongst them with purple robes and golden girdle, with long hair bound by a Delphic garland, and brazen sandals on his feet, and with a retinue of slaves behind him.
His opponents endeavoured to waylay him, but he came to London with an armed retinue and forced himself into the king's presence.