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Name:  Eirini
Brief biography:  Married to the Byzantine Emperor Leo IV 768 and regent for their son Constantine VI 780-790 and 792-797, when she blinded and dethroned him, ruling alone till toppled and exiled in 802.
Nationality:  Greek
Occupation:  Ruler
Date of birth:  752
Place of birth:  Athens
Period of rule:  780-802
Date of death:  803-08-09
Place of death:  Lesbos

Married to the Byzantine Emperor Leo IV in 768, Eirini became regent for their son Constantine VI in 780. She ruled with him as regent until 797 except during a brief period of disfavour between 790 and 792. In 797 she blinded her son and replaced him on the throne, but her rule was not a success and she was herself deposed by Nikephoros I in 802 and exiled to Lesbos, where she died the next year. Her body was moved to the church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople in the 9th century and the modern Orthodox Church considers her a saint.

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