Anastasia 1

Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire
Dates694 (taq) / 711 (tpq)
PmbZ No.228
LocationsTheotokos (Church of the, at Blachernai);
Constantinople (residence);
TitlesAugusta (office)
Textual SourcesNicephorus, Breviarium Historiae, ed. C. Mango, Nikephoros, Patriarch of Constantinople: Short History; prev. ed. C. de Boor Nicephori ArchiepiscopiConstantinopolitani Opuscula Historica Leipzig 1880 (history);
Theophanes Confessor, Chronographia, ed. C. de Boor, 2 vols. (Leipzig, 1883-85, repr. Hildesheim/NewYork, 1980); tr. and comm. C. Mango and R. Scott, The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor, Oxford 1997 (chronicle);
Zonaras = Ioannis Zonarae Epitome Historiarum, libri XIII-XVIII, ed. Th. Büttner-Wobst, (Bonn, 1897) (history)

Anastasia 1 was the mother of the emperor Justinian II (Ioustinianos 1) (and so presumably wife of the emperor Constantine IV, i.e. Konstantinos 2): Nic.Brev. de Boor 47-48, Mango 112, Theoph. AM 6186 (τὴν αὐτοῦ μητέρα Ἀναστασίαν), Theoph. AM 6203 (Ἀναστασίαν, τὴν τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μητέρα). Augusta (Ἀναστασίαν τὴν αὐγούσταν); in 694 she fell foul of Stephanos 4 and was beaten with thongs like a child (παιδικῶς) by him during the absence of the emperor (Justinian II): Theoph. AM 6186, Nic. Brev. de Boor 37, Mango 39:4-6, Zon. XIV 22. 26. She was grandmother of Tiberios 4; in 711 she was present with her grandson in the Church of the Theotokos in Blachernae when the agents of the emperor Philippikos 1 came to seize him: Nic. Brev. de Boor 47-48, Mango 45:92-105, Theoph. AM 6203, Zon. XIV 25. 27. According to Zonaras, she was the mother of the empress Theodora 1 and grandmother of Tiberios 4: Zon. XIV 25.27 (ὁ δὲ τούτου παῖς ὁ Τιβέριος μετὰ τῆς πρὸς μητρὸς μάμμας Ἀναστασίας ... ἡ γὰρ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ Θεοδώρα ἔφθη θανεῖν). This however would imply that Anastasia 1 was a Khazar, like Theodora 1. According to the Necrologium she was buried like her husband in the mausoleum of Justinian I in the Church of the Holy Apostles: see Grierson, "Tombs and Obits", p.50.

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