Favourite Roman Empress (Up to two choices)

Who is/are your favourite Roman empresses (up to two choices)?

  • Agrippina the Elder

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Plotina

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Faustina the Elder

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Faustina the Younger

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Julia Maesa

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Julia Mamaea

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Pulcheria

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Aelia Eudocia

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Honoria

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Licinia Eudoxia

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    26
Oct 2018
1,734
Sydney
The results as of now (incl. non-poll preferences):

Theodora - 10 votes
Zenobia - 4 votes
Livia - 3 votes
Agrippina the Younger - 3 votes
Galla Placidia - 3 votes
Messalina - 2 votes
Julia Domna - 2 votes
Galeria Valeria - 2 votes
Irene - 2 votes
Caesonia - 1 vote
Julia Soaemias - 1 vote
Helena - 1 vote
Constantina - 1 vote

Votes according to dynasty/period:

Justinian (Theodora): 10
Julio-Claudian (Livia, Agrippina the Younger, Messalina, Caesonia): 9
Crisis of the Third Century (Zenobia): 4
Severan (Julia Domna, Julia Soaemias): 3
Theodosian (Galla Placidia): 3
Tetrarchic (Galeria Valeria): 2
Constantinian (Helena, Constantina): 2
Isaurian (Irene): 2
 

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Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
2,975
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
But that's only your opinion. That's never been a requirement in any mainstream historical accounts.
For all intents and purposes, Zenobia was, if not a Roman Empress, of rank equal to one and should. There's no need or use for controversy here.
IN 2070 Zenobia took the title of Augusta and her son took the title of Augustus, and thus they were claiming to be either co emperors with Aurelian or else the two rightful rulers of the entire Roman Empire. Whatever their claim was,Aaurelian didn't approve of it and so defeated and overthrew Zenobia.
 
Dec 2017
41
Australia
An interesting thing about Augustus and Livia is that people kinda assume that the wife of the Augustus would naturally be called the Augusta, afterall the wife of an emperor is called the empress. But thiers actually no reason why especially early on this need be the case, afterall the principate is based on Republican institutions and trappings and the princeps legal authority and raison detre come from an accumulation of offices and powers conferred by assembly, senate and/or a pre-existing holder of said powers and offices. For a supposed closet monarchy the familial connections between even emperors of the same "dynasty" were really weak when adoption (which usually happens in the adulthood of the adoptee in question) is discounted for the first few centuries (more emperors were succeeded by thier great nephews then sons for more then 200 years I think........) and yet Augustus chooses to grant his wife the title of Augusta. Their would likely have been no expectation for him to do so, quite the opposite. It's hard to see how the title of Augusta even helps with the dynastic element, what matters their is to be adopted by the Augustus. Yet Augustus went out of his way to grant her the closest thing to auctoritas his system would allow by inventing a title for his wife for and I suspect he intended her to act as a sort of co-ruler with her son who while some have probably overstated their antipathy he clearly held in considerably less esteem.
 
Oct 2018
1,734
Sydney
An interesting thing about Augustus and Livia is that people kinda assume that the wife of the Augustus would naturally be called the Augusta, afterall the wife of an emperor is called the empress. But thiers actually no reason why especially early on this need be the case, afterall the principate is based on Republican institutions and trappings and the princeps legal authority and raison detre come from an accumulation of offices and powers conferred by assembly, senate and/or a pre-existing holder of said powers and offices. For a supposed closet monarchy the familial connections between even emperors of the same "dynasty" were really weak when adoption (which usually happens in the adulthood of the adoptee in question) is discounted for the first few centuries (more emperors were succeeded by thier great nephews then sons for more then 200 years I think........) and yet Augustus chooses to grant his wife the title of Augusta. Their would likely have been no expectation for him to do so, quite the opposite. It's hard to see how the title of Augusta even helps with the dynastic element, what matters their is to be adopted by the Augustus. Yet Augustus went out of his way to grant her the closest thing to auctoritas his system would allow by inventing a title for his wife for and I suspect he intended her to act as a sort of co-ruler with her son who while some have probably overstated their antipathy he clearly held in considerably less esteem.
Indeed, it didn't catch on immediately either. Under Claudius Antonia the Younger and later Agrippina the Younger were the next women to become Augustae. This more cautious approach to the honours attributed to imperial women is also reflected in the fact that coins were minted for a more limited selection of women than during the second and third centuries.