Jan 09, 2020 · The first woman we know to have written a history was Anna Comnena, a Byzantine princess who lived in the 11th and 12th centuries. She wrote the Alexiad , a 15-volume history of her father's accomplishments -- with some medicine and astronomy -- included as well -- and also including the accomplishments of a number of women.
... woman is frequently praised as the more "creative" sex. She does not need to make poems, it is argued; she has no drive to make poems, because she is privileged to make babies. A pregnancy is as fulfilling as, say, Yeats' Sailing to Byzantium.... To call a child a poem may be a pretty metaphor, but it is a slur on the labor of art.
“The Western Empire, supported generation after generation by half a hundred of the strongest and most remarkable men in history, from Stilicho to Charlemagne, died and disintegrated and left off being the Empire.
Jan 21, 2017 · Name: Theodora, Byzantine Empress. Lifetime: 500 – June 28, 548. What she’s known for: Theodora was a Byzantine empress and wife of Emperor Justinian I. She was one of the most powerful and influential Byzantine empresses, some arguing that she was co-regent with her husband.
“Getting dressed for a woman is an art form, surreal, vaguely abstract, figurative and byzantine. When you undress a woman you enter her subconscious kingdom, her scents, her secrets and her fantasy.” ― Chloe Thurlow, The Secret Life of Girls
Byzantine bride-shows selected, from a wide-ranging search, the bride for the Emperor or the Emperor’s heir. After becoming Empress, a woman sometimes went on to rule in her own right, thus the Byzantine bride-show provided a remarkably open opportunity for a woman to gain a place at the top of society.
The word Gothic, in the sense in which it is generally employed, is wholly unsuitable, but wholly consecrated. Hence we accept it and we adopt it, like all the rest of the world, to characterize the architecture of the second half of the Middle Ages, where the ogive is the principle which succeeds the architecture of the first period, of which the semi-circle is the father.
"What the world needs," he said, "is not a Joan of Arc, the kind of woman who allows herself to be burned on the cross. That's just a bourgeois invention meant to frighten little girls into staying home. What we require is a real female military social leader." "But that" -- I smiled at him -- "is just impossible.
Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
Further Reading. Suggested reading for additional information and sources of quotes, chapter by chapter. Introduction: A Different History of Byzantium. The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (ed. Alexander P. Kazhdan), 3 vols. (Oxford 1991) Henry Maguire, ed., Byzantine Court Culture from 829 to 1204 (Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC 1997).