Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5171
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  • Title: Goddess, Whore, Wife or Slave: Will the Real Byzantine Empress Please Stand Up? [an analysis of female power among early Byzantine empresses based in part on carved ivory plaques; appendix lists empresses from the fourth through the sixth centuries].
  • Source: Queens and Queenship in Medieval Europe: Proceedings of a Conference Held at King's College London, April 1995.  Edited by Anne J. Duggan.  Boydell Press, 1997.  Pages 123 - 139.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Byzantium Empresses Power Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 6-May
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  • Illustrations: Four Figures. Figure One Ivory panel of an empress (Florence, Bargello Museum). Figure Two Ivory diptych of the consul Flavius Taurus Clementinus. An empress and emperor, probably Ariadne and Anastasios I, appear in roundels above the consul. (Liverpool, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside). Figure Three Mosaic of Empress Theodora with attendants (Ravenna, Church of San Vitale). Figure Four Bronze empress counterweight (London, British Museum, MLA 1980, 6-2, 13).
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  • Year of Publication: 1997.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0851156576
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