Theodora, a Byzantine empress from the 6th century, is quite a character. First, her portrait in mosaic from the walls of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy:
And here, I imagined what she might look like in profile:
There is a fantastic description of her in The Secret History by Procopius.
Princess Anna, the oldest daughter of Emperor Alexios I & Empress Irene, has to get dressed for her betrothal, and a dalmatic or over-tunic with patterns and jewels, is a must.
As a side note to these Byzantine characters, I am so excited to be attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this coming Monday, March 30 – April 2, 2015 and will also go to Ravenna, a Byzantine art mecca. I look forward to sharing the art & inspiration of the mosaics of San Vitale.
Chairete — that’s hello in Greek, the official language of the Byzantine Empire. I am Anna, imperial princess.
I live in the city of Constantinople in the Great Palace along with my family: Mama, Papa, Grandma, my little brothers and sisters and lots of courtiers and servants.