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Comnena, Anna

Born: 1083
Died: 1148

Summary of Biography

Anna Comnena was a Byzantine princess, scholar and daughter of Emperor Alexius Comnenus of Constantinople. She is considered one of the first known female historians. She was educated in literature, philosophy, history, and geography.


Anna Comnena (1083 - 1148?), Byzantine princess, historian, and the daughter of Byzantine Ruler Alexius Comnenus, was born in Constantinople. She is best - known for one of the most remarkable Greek historical writings of the Middle Ages, Alexiad (1148). With the help of her mother, Irene Ducaena, she then attempted to disinherit her brother, John II, in favour of her husband. She was exposed and lost her fortune and reputation. Later, she was sent to a convent, where she wrote Alexiad.

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The Alexiad
The Alexiad

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