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Irene Empress of the East 752?-803

Works: 33 works in 64 publications in 8 languages and 2,443 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Singer, Performer, Dancer
Classifications: DF586, 949.5020922
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Hip-hop čarolije by Bad-Dreams( Recording )

3 editions published in 2006 in Serbian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

9th Annual San Francisco Belly Dance Festival, August 23, 1992( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Tu me reviendras by Victor Ivani( )

1 edition published in 1970 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Et ce sera moi by Victor Ivani( )

1 edition published in 1970 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A woman's quest for spiritual guidance : the correspondence of Princess Irene Eulogia Choumnaina Palaiologina by Irene Eulogia Choumnaina Palaiologina( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in Greek, Ancient and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Women in purple : rulers of Medieval Byzantium by Judith Herrin( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In the eighth and ninth centuries, three Byzantine empresses--Irene, Euphrosyne, and Theodora--changed history. Their combined efforts restored the veneration of icons, saving Byzantium from a purely symbolic and decorative art and ensuring its influence for centuries to come. In this exhilarating and highly entertaining account, one of the foremost historians of the medieval period tells the story of how these fascinating women exercised imperial sovereignty with consummate skill and sometimes ruthless tactics. Though they gained access to the all-pervasive authority of the Byzantine ruling dynasty through marriage, all three continued to wear the imperial purple and wield tremendous power as widows. From Constantinople, their own Queen City, the empresses undermined competitors and governed like men. They conducted diplomacy across the known world, negotiating with the likes of Charlemagne, Roman popes, and the great Arab caliph Harun al Rashid. Vehemently rejecting the ban on holy images instituted by their male relatives, Irene and Theodora used craft and power to reverse the official iconoclasm and restore icons to their place of adoration in the Eastern Church. In so doing, they profoundly altered the course of history. The art--and not only the art--of Byzantium, of Islam, and of the West would have been very different without them. As Judith Herrin traces the surviving evidence, she evokes the complex and deeply religious world of Constantinople in the aftermath of Arab conquest. She brings to life its monuments and palaces, its court ceremonies and rituals, the role of eunuchs (the "third sex"), bride shows, and the influence of warring monks and patriarchs. Based on new research and written for a general audience, Women in Purple reshapes our understanding of an empire that lasted a thousand years and splashes fresh light on the relationship of women to power.--Publisher description
Die sprechende Hundedame Tango und der Kater Fritzi by Irene( )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irena by Irene( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in Serbian and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Women in purple : rulers of Medieval Byzantium
Alternative Names
Eirene 752-803

Eirene 752-803 Byzantinisches Reich, Kaiserin, 752-803

Eiréné bizánci császárnő

Eirene Byzantinisches Reich, Kaiserin 752-803

Eiréne ca 752-803 byzantská císařovna

Eiréne I., byzantská císařovna, asi 752-803

Imperatorė Irena


Irena Atenska


Irene Atenaskoa

Irene Atheniensis

Irene, byzantská císařovna, asi 752-803

Irene ca 752-803 byzantská císařovna

Irene dari Athena

Irene de Atenas

Irene de Bizanci

Irene de Bizancio

Irene di Bisanzio

Irene, Empress of Byzance

Irène l'Athénienne

Irene o Athens

Irene of Athens Empress of Byzantine Empire

Irene thành Athena

Irene van Athene

Irene van Byzantium

Irene von Athen 752-803

Irene von Athen Kaiserin von Byzanz


Irina Ateniana

Irini i Athinea 752-803

Kejserinde Irene

Ειρήνη η Αθηναία Βυζαντινή αυτοκράτειρα


Ирина Атинянката

Ирина византиска царица

Ірина Афінська

أيرين أثينا



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