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List of illustrations

  • Map of the Early Christian and Byzantine World
  • Map of Byzantine Constantinople
  • Saint Thekla with Wild Beasts and Angels
  • Ampulla with Saint Thekla Between Beasts, from Egypt
  • Coin of Aelia Flaccilla, obverse and reverse
  • Statuette of Aelia Flaccilla (?), from Constantinople (?)
  • Coin of Pulcheria, obverse and reverse
  • Translation of Relics
  • Panel of an imperial diptych with the Empress Ariadne
  • Coin of Athenais Eudocia, obverse and reverse
  • Coin of Pulcheria and Marcian, obverse and reverse
  • Coin of Licinia Eudoxia, obverse and reverse
  • Coin of Galla Placidia, obverse and reverse
  • Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
  • Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, detail of vault with starry sky mosaic
  • Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
  • Procession of female saints
  • Saint Mary of Egypt, west face of wall between apse and prothesis, Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa
  • Riha Paten
  • Pectoral
  • Marriage Belt
  • Octagonal Marriage Ring with Holy Site Scenes
  • Bust surrounded by grapevines
  • Peacock niche with grapevines in spandrel
  • Peacock body
  • Anicia Juliana with personifications, frontispiece in Dioscurides, De Materia Medica
  • Peacock, Manuscript of Dioscurides, De Materia Medica
  • Empress Theodora, Antonina, and Joannina, south wall of sanctuary, San Vitale
  • Justinian and his retinue, including Archbishop Maximian
  • Theodora and her retinue
  • Gold crossbow fibula (brooch)
  • Necklace and earrings
  • Lunate necklace
  • Jeweled bracelet
  • Head of Theodora (?)
  • Samson Panel
  • Icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy
  • The Empress Zoe
  • Crown of Constantine IX Monomachos
  • The Widow Danielis Being Carried on a Litter
  • Tyche of the city of Gibeon, detail, Joshua Roll
  • David composing the Psalms, Paris Psalter
  • Israelite women dancing, Paris Psalter
  • Adam and Eve, detail
  • Virgin and Child
  • Saints Thekla, Constantine, and Helena, Agatha, Anastasia, Febronia, and Eugenia, west wall of narthex, south bay, Hosios Loukas Katholikon
  • Saints Irene, Catherine, Barbara, Euphemia, Maria, and Juliana, west wall of narthex, north bay, Hosios Loukas Katholikon
  • Interior view of cave church with female saints, Church of Kiliçlar, Kusluk
  • Interior view of cave Church with female saints: Anastasia, Church of Kiliçlar Kusluk
  • Saints Andronikos, Athanasia, Mavra, Barbara, Marina, and Anastasia, west wall of Church of the Panagia
  • Saint Anastasia with donor, Saint Irene, Saint Demetrios, and Saint Anna with donor, narthex, south half, Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa
  • Empress Zoe and Emperor Constantine IX Monomachus with Christ, Hagia Sophia
  • Saint Anastasia Pharmakolytria with donor, Anastasia Saramalina, Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa
  • Saint Anna with donor, Anna the Deaconess, Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa
  • Saints Barbara, Catherine, Irene, Athanasia, and Andronikos, south and west walls, Church of the Archangel, or Panagia Theotokos
  • Saints Constantine and Helena, north wall, Church of the Archangel, or Panagia Theotokos
  • Deesis composition with donors Polos and Madelena and their children, north wall, Church of the Archangel, or Panagia Theotokos
  • Madelena and her daughters, detail of deesis composition, north wall, Church of the Archangel, or Panagia Theotokos
  • Nicephorus Botaniates and Maria of Alania blessed by Christ, Homilies of Saint John Chrysostom
  • The emperor John II Konmenos and the empress Irene with the Virgin and Child, Hagia Sophia
  • Christ Blessing in Empress Theophano and Emperor Otto II
  • Initial facing pages of the Lincoln College Typikon; left: Constantine Palaeologus and Irene Komnene Branaina; right: John Synadenos and Theodora Palaeologina
  • Joacheim the Monk and Theodule the Nun, with the Child Eurphrosyne Between Them, Lincoln College Typikon
  • Facing pages of the Lincoln College Typikon; left: Theotokos of Sure Hope holding Christ Child; right: Theodule and Euphrosyne
  • Theodule and Euphrosyne, Lincoln College Typikon
  • Typicon of the Convent of Our Lady of Good Hope at Constantinople with the nuns of the convent
  • Deesis mosaic, east wall of inner narthex, Kariye Djami
  • Melane the Nun, detail of deesis mosaic, east wall of inner narthex, Kariye Djami
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Description: Women of Byzantium
Contents
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~I would like to acknowledge the financial assistance of the University Research Council at the University of North Carolina in helping subsidize the production of color plates. At Yale University Press I would like to thank Harry Haskell in particular for his patience, understanding, and helpful good humor in seeing this book through to...
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Description: Women of Byzantium
~Everyone has a story. Given a chance to tell it, most people will recount the events that shaped their lives in explaining how they arrived at where they are. At any given time one’s life-story is necessarily a composite view of his or her life up to that time, seen from a perspective that defines successes and failures, choices and chance happenings, hopes...
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Situated in a time of fundamental change, Thekla’s story characterizes a shift away from the old norms of antiquity...
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~ The emperor Constantine’s adoption of Christianity signaled by his Edict of Milan of 313 issued in a period of momentous change. The edict ordained that...
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~ People were on the move in the early centuries of the Christian era to an extent which is difficult to imagine, and the realities of long-distance travel are hard to reconstruct. One important motivation for travel was the desire to go on religious pilgrimage, to venerate holy places, to see and walk where the saints and personnages...
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~ The stolid profiles of the women of the Valentinian and Theodosian dynasties as they appear on coins minted during the late fourth and fifth centuries offer slight hints at some of the issues behind these images. Coinage was a traditional mode of projecting emperors’ images throughout the empire, indicating in its formulaic...
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In an article published in 1983 Judith Herrin sums up the state of inquiry on Byzantine women and the most productive approaches for assessing women’s place...
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~ Behind much of the literature of conversion is the great New Testament penitent, Mary Magdalene, the repentant prostitute who bathed Jesus’ feet...
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~ Just as ancient texts provide constant challenges of determining authorship and interpretation, so buildings and other works of art in Byzantium present an analogous problem: that of determining their sponsorship or patronage. It is particularly problematic to...
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~ The empress Theodora (527–48), wife of the emperor...
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~ While the Secret History is revealing about the “real” Theodora and women at the top of society in Constantinople, ordinary women of this time are also accessible in rare...
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On March 11, 843, a joyful procession filed through the streets of Constantinople led by the empress Theodora, widow of the emperor Theophilus...
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~ The procession with icons through the streets of Constantinople on March 11, 843, signaling the Triumph of Orthodoxy was indeed a new...
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~ In the middle Byzantine period of the ninth through...
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~ The standard list of Byzantine emperors found in texts about Byzantium makes no reference to the women who coruled as Augustae, who carried out the roles of wife, mother, and empress. Lynda...
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~ The Alexiad, written by the imperial princess Anna Komnene, is the story of the dynamic reign of her father, Alexios I Komnenos, from 1081 to 1118.In this chapter, in order to accommodate readers, I...
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The occupation of Byzantine territories by the Fourth Crusade from 1204 to 1261 ended in the retaking of the capital by Michael VIII Palaeologus...
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~ In this chapter I deal with a rare instance in which a person from the distant past emerges vividly through a single preserved object or work of art. This was the casewith Anicia Juliana and her...
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~ From Thekla of Iconium and the success of her text in the earliest Christian times to Theodora Synadene in her fourteenth-century monastic retreat, we have noted that sources concerning women depict Christianity as a defining factor in their lives. Throughout late antiquity and the long history of the Byzantine Empire, Christian...
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Appendix
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Abbreviations
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Glossary
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Bibliography
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Index
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