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St. Agnes Early Christian Mosaics from the Fourth to the Seventh Centuries: Rome, Naples, Milan, Ravenna. Fourteen Plates in Color. Translated from the German, 1946. Jewelled belt, wrapped over dress, decorated underdress and fabric belt. Wonderfully complex hair style. I love it.

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Empress Zoe Porphyrogenita, was the beautiful sister of Empress Theodora Porphyrogenita. Mosaic in Hagia Sophia. Zoe reigned alongside her sister Theodora besides their bad relation full of envy. Porphyrogenita means born in the purple (The Purple Chamber of the Grand Palace of Constantinople)./ Bella hermana de Theodora Porphyrogenita, con quien reinó a pesar de una relación llena de envidias. Porphyrogenita significa nacida en la púrpura. (Habitación Púrpura del Palacio de Constantinopla).

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San Vitale: one of the most important examples of early Christian Byzantine art and architecture in Western Europe. Ravenna, Italy

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Empress Irene of Byzantium

Empress Irene: Called “Irene of Athens” in honor of her birthplace, Irene is mainly remembered for two dramatic events. One is her role in helping restore the use of Christian icons or images in Byzantium, which had been forbidden in the Eastern Orthodox form of Christianity. The other is her retaking of the crown from her son Constantine, blinding him, and possibly causing his death.

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