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Name:  Theodora
Brief biography:  Wife of Theophilos and mother of and Empress-regent to Michael III
Nationality:  Byzantine
Occupation:  Empress
Period of rule:  842-856

Theodora was the wife of the Emperor Theophilos (829-842) and mother of Michael III (842-867), for whom she served as Empress-regent from 842 until 856, when she was ousted from power by her brother, Bardas. During her regency, in 843, the Second Council of Constantinople was convened, which reinstated the use of icons in religious worship. This has come to be known as the 'Triumph of Orthodoxy' and it is for her role in this that Theodora is considered a saint. She died sometime after her son's murder on the orders of Basil I (867-886). Theodora appeared on the coins of her son and on a rare solidus of her husband with three of their daughters - Thekla, Anna and Anastasia.

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Miliaresion
Michael III; Theodora; Thekla; Constantinople
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Miliaresion
Michael III; Theodora; Thekla; Constantinople
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Michael III; Theodora; Thekla; Constantinople
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Michael III; Theodora; Thekla; Constantinople
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Solidus
Michael III; Theodora; Constantinople
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