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As she grew up, “the inner 74 Fig. 10. The Pantocrator monastery in Constantinople 75 4. STRUGGLE AGAINST BYZANTINE EXPANSION treasures of her soul flashed in more and more radiant beams; and so she became celebrated not only in her immediate sur­ roundings, but also in distant, foreign lands”. She was a happy wife and loving mother who educated her children with excep­ tional care. At the same time, she was not attracted by the splendours of Byzantine life. ’ ” She devoted her life to others and her subjects; “supported the needy, stretched out a helping hand to orphans and widows, and assisted the inhabitants of monasteries with donations”.

This portrait is placed almost as high as that of the Pantocrator (see Fig. 7). On the left, under this portrait, that is on the right of the portrait of St. Damian, one can see the half-length portrait of another Byzantine emperor who is identified in the inscription in red letters with Constantine, the son or younger brother of, and co-regent to, Michael Ducas. Below this latter painting, on its right, on the left of the portrait of St. Cosma, another enamel painting can be seen representing, according to the inscription in bluish letters, “Goza, the devout king of Turcia” (see Fig.

Having heard of the victory of the imperial army, the emperor rejoiced and * Cf. Homer’s Iliad, XIII, 131. 86 organized a thanksgiving service. To inform the inhabitants of the town of the happy results achieved in the war, he wrote a letter, announcing the victory. Some days later he himself went to the capital. The triumphal procession entered Con­ stantinople through the Eastern Gate leading to the citadel. Since he wished to have a magnificent celebration of this re­ sounding victory, he ordered preparations for the triumphal march to be made with the utmost splendour.

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