Friday, August 03, 2007

Which Byzantine Ruler Are You?

I had a little fun with this quiz . . .

You’re Eudoxia!

This strong-willed Frankish lady, from a military family, rose to an imperial marriage thanks to the machinations of a eunuch named Eutropius. Eudoxia eventually soured on her benefactor and had him condemned to death. St. John Chrysostom, the patriarch of Constantinople — who was himself no great fan of Eutropius — protested and pleaded for the eunuch’s life. Eudoxia found this annoying, and she took offense at the patriarch’s homiletic assaults on her use of makeup and her habit of erecting monuments in her own honor. She sentenced him to two increasingly arduous exiles, from whose hardships he died. Eudoxia herself died shortly afterward, still quite young.

Find out which Byzantine ruler you are at The Way of the Fathers!

Note: To find out my true Byzantine identity, click on the comments.


mike said...

Now, I have a hard time believing that!

Maureen Wittmann said...

I admit it, I was goofing around and in a silly mood and Eudoxia sounded so fun ;-).

I retook the test and was a little more honest this time. I came up with:

You are St. Theodora!

Theodora was the wife of the ninth-century emperor Theophilus and mother of the future emperor Michael III. Theodora ruled the lands after her iconoclastic husband died. She labored to overturn his heretical policies, chiefly by summoning a council that upheld the veneration of images of Christ and the saints. For this, she is herself honored as a saint by the Orthodox Church. Her feast day is February 11.

To learn more about the iconoclastic controversy, read On the Divine Images.

. . . I guess I'm more saintly than I like to admit. :-).

Maureen Wittmann said...

Considering that Theodore is the mother of Michael III, I assume that Terri is also Theodora!

mike said...

I'll have to get her to take the quiz. Stay tuned!