These chapters only begin a discussion about the representation of imperial women in this period of transition from Roman to medieval institutions. Rather than teaching eternal truths that dictated the lives of early Byzantine imperial women, each study yielded its own lessons, and the singularity of each woman’s historical role and portrayal belies attempts to generalize. The institutional context of these images illuminates how generic forms were used and manipulated in the visual culture of the time.
KeywordsImperial Image Sixth Century Visual Culture Eternal Truth Byzantine Period
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