Mothers of the Empire: Empresses Zoe and Theodora on a Byzantine Medallion Cycle
Medieval Feminist Forum
This study examines Byzantine enamel medallions of the 11th century that represent empresses in encounters with holy figures. In addition to arguing for a date and identification of the empresses, the article examines what the medallions say about female authority in Byzantium in the first half of the eleventh century.
“Mothers of the Empire: Empresses Zoe and Theodora on a Byzantine Medallion Cycle,” Medieval Feminist Forum, 48/1, 5–96, 2012.