Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Pulcheria

signature image

Coin of Aelia Pulcheria, Constantinople, struck 420–22. (Photo: courtesy of CNG Coins, used with permission)

Pulcheria
b. 399, Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul); d. 453, Constantinople

Pulcheria, the daughter of Eudoxia and the Eastern Roman emperor Arcadius, took a vow of chastity to avoid marriage. In 414, she was appointed augusta (empress) by the Senate and ruled in the name of her minor brother, Theodosius II. When he came of age, around 416, she remained a power behind the scenes through his entire reign (until 450). She arranged a marriage between Theodora and Eudocia, and was exiled for a time because of tensions between the two women. A champion of Orthodox Christian values, she vigorously expelled pagans and Jews and prosecuted heretical sects. She was later canonized by both the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

Related Place Setting

Theodora

Related Heritage Floor Entries

Adelaide
Aethelburg
Aethelflaed
Balthilde
Bertha of England
Brunhilde
Clotilda
Anna Comnena
Anna Dalassena Comnena
Damelis
Engleberga
Eudocia
Eudoxia

Fredegund
Irene
Leoparda
Maude
Olga
Olympia
Radegund
Theodelinda
Theodora II
Theodora III
Wanda
ZoƩ

SEARCH