Anna Komnene

Anna Komnene (1083-1153 CE)

“I will wipe away the tears from my eyes, recover from my grief and continue my story, earning thereby a double share of tears, as the playwright says, for one disaster recalls another.”

  • This passage is from Anna Komnene’s The Alexiad (translated by E.R.A. Sewter). The book is a history of her father’s reign as emperor of the Byzantine Empire, but she also uses the book to infer that she, and her husband, were unjustly stripped from power after her father’s death. She wrote this book after being restrained to a convent by her brother (she was linked to a failed plot to overthrow him).


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