Irene of Athens: First Woman Potentate of the Roman Empire

By Valentine J. Belfiglio.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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The main purpose of this paper is to construct a personality profile of Irene, the first empress to exercise exclusive political authority over the Eastern Roman Empire. The key question that the author is addressing is whether or not the personality profile of Irene can serve as a guide to the personality traits of modern women as political leaders. The most important information in this article is the influence of family, religion, schooling, class, status, experiences, and social contacts upon the psychosocial development of Irene. The main inference in this paper is that there may be similar attributes and circumstances that facilitate the election of women to chiefs-of-state in modern countries.

Keywords: Political, Women, Personality, Experiences

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 8, Issue 1, November 2014, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 425.646KB).

Prof. Valentine J. Belfiglio

Professor, Department of History and Government, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA

Dr. Belfiglio is an Educator of international relations and diplomatic history. Dr. Belfiglio received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma (1970); he has published seven books and more than 100 articles. He has been teaching at Texas Woman’s University since 1970. He taught courses in military science and international studies at the Texas Military Academy, Austin, Texas from 1993-2005. He received the Guido Dorso Prize in Research, University of Naples, 1985; the C.K. Chamberlain Award for scholarship, East Texas Historical Association, 1990; and the Cornaro Award, Texas Woman’s University, 2003, for excellence in teaching and research. He was knighted by the Italian Government in 1991 for extensive writings to promote Italian culture and civilization in America. The focus of his recent research is the impact of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations on American culture and public policy.