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Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Leonora Neville


The authorial persona constructed by Anna Komnene in her Alexiad (a history of her father the Byzantine Emperor, Alexios Komnenos, 1081–1118) responded to the challenges Byzantine culture created for female historical authorship. Fundamental cultural conceptions of masculinity, femininity, authority, deference, and morality within Byzantine society worked to make history writing an activity for men. Once the masculinity of history writing is understood, we can see how Anna endeavored to construct herself as both an authoritative historian and a meritorious woman. The first half of this book of ... More

Keywords: Alexiad, gender, historiography, Byzantine, Anna Komnene, Alexios Komnenos, John II Komnenos, Choniates, Zonaras, Tornikes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190498177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonora Neville, author
John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History, University of Wisconsin-Madison