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Irene of Athens: Quiz


Question 1: As monarch she called herself ________ (βασιλεύς), 'emperor', rather than basilissa (βασίλισσα), 'empress'.
Byzantine navyBasileusByzantine aristocracy and bureaucracyByzantine Empire

Question 2: The first of these, held in 786 at ________, was frustrated by the opposition of the soldiers.
Byzantine navyConstantinopleByzantine EmpireHagia Sophia

Question 3: As early as 781, Irene began to seek a closer relationship with the ________ and the Papacy.
Carolingian dynastyCharles the SimpleCharlemagneLouis the Younger

Question 4: Nevertheless, Irene was constantly harried by the ________, and in 782 and 798 had to accept the terms of the respective Caliphs Al-Mahdi and Harun al-Rashid.
Islamic Golden AgeNeo-Assyrian EmpireAkkadian EmpireAbbasid Caliphate

Question 5: The second, convened at Nicaea in 787, formally revived the veneration of icons and reunited the Eastern church with that of ________.

Question 6: Her zeal in restoring the icons and monasteries made ________ praise her as a saint[3] of the Eastern Orthodox Church, but she was not canonized.
Leo V the ArmenianConstantinopleByzantine IconoclasmTheodore the Studite

Question 7: Elpidius fled to ________, where he defected to the Arabs.
African UnionSub-Saharan AfricaAfricaScramble for Africa

Question 8: Her most notable act was the restoration of the Orthodox veneration of ________ (images of Christ or the saints).
IconByzantine EmpireByzantine IconoclasmHagia Sophia

Question 9: Irene was born to a noble Greek family of ________, the Sarantapechos family.

Question 10: Such claims are not supported by the Menaion (the official ________ providing the propers of the saints of the Orthodox Church), the "Lives of Saints" by Nikodemos the Hagiorite, or any other relative book of the Orthodox Church.
PsalmsEpistleGospel (liturgy)Liturgical book


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