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About Anna Comnena. Anna Comnena. From earliest childhood Anna was in daily contact with the leading figures of the Empire. Through her social position and own interest, she obtained an education in literature and philosophy giv The Byzantine historian Anna Komnene, Latinized as Comnena December 1, — was the eldest child of the Emperor Alexios I Komnenos and Irene Doukaina, and is considered the first female historian.
Through her social position and own interest, she obtained an education in literature and philosophy given to few women in the Middle Ages. Disappointed in her hopes to be named heir to her father instead of her brother John, and again by not having her husband Nikephoros Bryennios named as Emperor, Anna conspired with her mother against her brother to gain her husband the throne but ultimately failed after her husband's refusal to cooperate. After Bryennios' death in she and her mother were exiled to a remote monastery to live out the rest of their lives.
The book also contributes to understanding of the female mentality, mindset, and perception of the world during Byzantine times. Adapted from the author biography in the Penguin edition of The Alexiad and Wikipedia Books by Anna Comnena. Related Articles. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our lis Read more Trivia About Alexiada 2. No trivia or quizzes yet.
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This work was published before January 1, , and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least years ago. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was legally published within the United States or the United Nations Headquarters in New York subject to Section 7 of the United States Headquarters Agreement between and inclusive without a copyright notice. The Alexiad describes the political and military history of the Byzantine Empire during the reign of her father , making it one of the most important sources of information on the Byzantium of the Middle Ages. As well as this, within the Alexiad, the First Crusade's interaction with the Byzantine Empire is documented despite being written nearly fifty years after the crusade , which highlights the conflicting perceptions of the East and West in the early 12th century.
At birth, Anna was betrothed to Constantine Doukas ,  and she grew up in his mother's household. In confinement there, she wrote the Alexiad. She died sometime in the s; the exact date is unknown. Anna was born in the Porphyra Chamber of the imperial palace in Constantinople , making her a porphyrogenita ,  which underscored her imperial status. She noted this status in the Alexiad, stating that that she was " born and bred in the purple.
The Medieval Byzantine Festival Alexiada in Kastoria