Anna Komnene (aka Anna Comnena, CE) was the eldest daughter of Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos (r. CE). The princess Anna Komnene was another of these influential women. To Edward Gibbon, who framed her reputation for modern audiences. Royal People: Anna Komnene – Historian, Physician, Byzantine Princess. When people think of medieval princesses, they often think of an.

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Pages with related products. A funeral oration written in her memory by Georgios Tornikes lavished praise upon her, recalling her charm, her beauty, and her soaring intellect.

She remained there until her death. Anna wrote the Alexiad in the mids or s. From birth, Anna was destined for greatness. Medieval Automatons Royal Mistresses: There, Anna is reading extracts from her history to an admiring crowd of family and courtiers.

Anna Komnene

With its Attic Greek, rhetorical archaisms, and veneration of the late emperor, it is tightly bound to the traditions of the past. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Authors Affiliations are at time of print publication. George Akropolites Theodore Skoutariotes.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Ships from and sold by Amazon. The second half of this work reviews the medieval sources with fresh eyes and re-establishes Anna’s primary identity as an author and intellectual rather than as a failed conspirator.

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In her posterity she is unreservedly or grudgingly admired as a historian and her work is regularly cited in scholarly texts, especially on the First Crusade. She vividly described weaponry, tactics, and battles. Prologue, section 3, p. Yet this twelfth-century Greek Byzantine princess was arguably the first European female historian.

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She died sometime in the s; the exact date is unknown. The Alexiad Penguin Classics. Explore the Home Gift Guide. It is widely believed that Anna partook in plots to overthrow or even assassinate her brother, but the plots were discovered and thwarted.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. I always enjoy reading on history and learning new history. Anna will not be seen on her own terms, as a serious historian who can bring facts to life with her vivid, powerful narrative, but komnfne as a beautiful girl who talks nonsense. Civil War American History: The last few chapters dealt with whether or not Anna really opposed her brother taking the throne, or if she was ok with it.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. A brilliant, convincing reconsideration that returns Anna to her great originality. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: There was a problem with your submission.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: The Alexiadas it is now known, is a classic of Byzantine literature and arguably one of the most accomplished works of history written anywhere in the Middle Ages. The conditions of her birth to a reigning emperor in the Porphyra chamber made Anna a porphyrogenita princess, a prestigious title.

Anna Komnene – Dangerous Women Project

Print Save Cite Email Share. Though political power was usually a male privilege in Byzantium, a striking feature of the Byzantine tales is the prominence of women as political players, kpmnene they were power-grabbing populists, slick backroom schemers, or principled reformers.

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