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Unrivalled InfluenceWomen and Empire in Byzantium$
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Judith Herrin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153216

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153216.001.0001

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Considerations on the Education of a Byzantine Princes

(p.238) 11 Theophano
Unrivalled Influence

Judith Herrin

Princeton University Press

This chapter investigates the education of Byzantine princesses in general. It examines the preparation they received in order to fulfill their specific tasks, in addition to acting as ambassadors for Byzantium, and thus securing the alliances of cooperation or at least peace, which was the aim of formal diplomacy. Clearly, no two Byzantine princesses were ever the same. But within the formal diplomatic requirements of the term, they had to conform to certain expectations, to meet certain criteria, to fit a preconceived model. Here, the chapter considers the parameters of this model and then tries to discover how well Theophano fitted them.

Keywords:   women's education, Byzantine princess, Byzantium, Byzantine women, formal diplomacy

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