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Empresses and power in early Byzantium

Author: Liz James
Publisher: London ; New York : Leicester University Press, 2001.
Series: Women, power, and politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book covers the fourth to the eighth centuries AD, a period of transition from the pagan Roman world to the Christian Byzantine Empire - the move from a classical to a medieval world. It begins with Helena, mother of the first Christian emperor, Constantine the Great, and ends with Eirene, the only woman to rule as emperor in Byzantium. Rather than providing an extensive biography of each empress, the author  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
James, Liz.
Empresses and power in early Byzantium.
London ; New York : Leicester University Press, 2001
(OCoLC)606588440
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Liz James
ISBN: 0718500768 9780718500764
OCLC Number: 45162101
Description: xii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Will the Real Byzantine Empress Please Stand Up? --
Defining the Good and the Bad Empress --
Public Personae: The Empress in Monumental Art --
Ceremonial and the Empress --
Public Actions and the Question of Official Power --
Public Actions and the Myth of Power Behind the Throne --
The Stamp of Authority: The Empress in Title, Law and Coin --
Depicting the Public Body --
She for God Only? Empresses as Religious Patrons --
Byzantine Empresses of the Fourth to Eighth Centuries --
Notes on Frequently Used Histories and Chronicles.
Series Title: Women, power, and politics.
Responsibility: Liz James.

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Examining the role and position of the Byzantine empress between the 4th and the 8th centuries, this work explores the nature of female imperial power and contrasts it with male power. Was there such  Read more...

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