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Irene of Athens

752 - 803

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Irene of Athens (Greek: Εἰρήνη, Eirénē; 750/756 – 9 August 803), surname Sarantapechaina (Σαρανταπήχαινα), was Byzantine empress consort to Emperor Leo IV from 775 to 780, regent during the childhood of their son Constantine VI from 780 until 790, co-ruler from 792 until 797, and finally empress regnant and sole ruler of the Eastern Roman Empire from 797 to 802. A member of the politically prominent Sarantapechos family, she was selected as Leo IV's bride for unknown reasons in 768. Even though her husband was an iconoclast, she harbored iconophile sympathies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Irene of Athens has received more than 898,446 page views. Her biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Irene of Athens is the 679th most popular politician (down from 555th in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from Greece (down from 57th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Greek Politician.

Irene of Athens is most famous for being the wife of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine V, and for her involvement in the iconoclastic controversy.

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Among politicians, Irene of Athens ranks 679 out of 15,577Before her are Hezekiah, Abd al-Rahman III, Ladislaus the Posthumous, Olaf Scholz, Aldo Moro, and Vytautas. After her are Arnulf of Carinthia, Hong Taiji, Michael VIII Palaiologos, Maxentius, Ion Antonescu, and Franjo Tuđman.

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Among people born in 752, Irene of Athens ranks 1 Among people deceased in 803, Irene of Athens ranks 1After her are Jaʻfar ibn Yahya and Kardam of Bulgaria.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Irene of Athens ranks 69 out of 936Before her are Epaminondas (-418), Peleus (null), Vangelis (1943), Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270), Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), and Nikos Kazantzakis (1883). After her are Isocrates (-436), Seleucus I Nicator (-358), Nana Mouskouri (1934), Constantine I of Greece (1868), Clement of Alexandria (150), and Lysippos (-390).


Among politicians born in Greece, Irene of Athens ranks 21Before her are Xanthippe (-500), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Epaminondas (-418), Peleus (null), and Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308). After her are Constantine I of Greece (1868), Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284), Paul of Greece (1901), Galla Placidia (388), Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (1882), and Antigonus I Monophthalmus (-382).