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Maria (second wife of Constantine V)

Lynda Garland

University of New England, New South Wales

Maria, the second wife of Constantine V, died, without children, shortly after her marriage, which probably took place late in 750; her predecessor, Irene, had died at some point after the birth of her son Leo on 25 January 750. Nicephorus reports Maria's death as taking place at the same time as the coronation of her step-son Leo IV in 751, which Theophanes dates to Pentecost (6 June), though he is mistaken as to the year, and Constantine's capture of Melitene which took place in late 750 or 751.[[1]]

Theophanes, Chronographia, trans. C. Mango & R. Scott, with G. Greatrex, The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor: Byzantine and Near Eastern History AD 284-813, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997.

Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople: Short History, ed. & tr. C. Mango, Washington DC, 1990.

C. Mango, 'St Anthusa of Mantineon and the Family of Constantine V,' Analecta Bollandiana 100 (1982), 407-08.


[[1]]AM 6241 [AD 748/9, 750/1].

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