Empresses in Byzantine Society: Justifiably Angry or Simply Angry?

  • Andriani Georgiou
Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)


Interested in all extant references related to the individual and interpersonal processes that shaped female imperial anger, Georgiou takes the reader from the Deo coronata Aelia Eudoxia (395–404) to the empress regnant Eirene (775–802). In this interval, special attention is also devoted to the example of the empress consort Theodora (527–548). Reflections on how their anger—justifiable or not—was constructed and perceived, the stories of these imperial women best demonstrate the two contradictory elements that confronted Byzantine society: their status as women and their position as rulers.

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  • Andriani Georgiou
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  1. 1.Open University of CyprusNicosiaCyprus

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