Zoe in "Fourteen Byzantine Rulers" Book Review by Nicky

Zoe in "Fourteen Byzantine Rulers"
A review of the book "Fourteen Byzantine Rulers" by Michael Psellus.
# 148460 | 1,529 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2011 in History (Greek and Roman) , Women Studies (Historical Figures)

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The paper analyzes the character of Zoe in the chapter "Constantine IX, Book 6" and explains that Zoe Augusta is the daughter of Constantine and one of two sisters who gain rule of the Byzantine Empire. The paper highlights how the author shows severe bias toward Zoe, and it is clear he has little regard for women, especially as rulers. The paper points out that the author thinks character has everything to do with imperial rule, and he is a harsh critic of many of the rulers because he finds them of a low moral character. The paper asserts that this book is an engaging, if prejudiced, look at her life and her rule, and the lives of those around her.

From the Paper:

"Zoe is the daughter of Constantine, and marked to Romanus, the Emperor of the Empire. He portrays her as rather plain looking, but the smarter of the two sisters. She has a tumultuous relationship with the throne, ascending, descending, exiled, and ascending once again with her sister Theodora in 1042. The author describes her as a woman with "passionate interests," who could be moody and high one moment, low the next."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Psellus, Michael. Fourteen Byzantine Rulers. Penguin Books: London, 1966.

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Zoe in "Fourteen Byzantine Rulers" (2011, October 26) Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/zoe-in-fourteen-byzantine-rulers-148460/

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