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One of the Greatest Female Leaders, a Christian Ceasar

This is from Christian History Institute’s “On This Day” Blog, from, obviously, July 4th:

On this day, 4 July 414, the senate proclaimed fifteen-year-old Pulcheria the Augusta (empress). As famous historian Edward Gibbon remarked, “She alone, among all the descendents of the great Theodosius, appears to have inherited any share of his manly spirit and abilities.” She was also thoroughly Christian in both outlook and training. 


And she was no stand in. She was one of the late empire’s strongest leaders. And a Christian one at that. She was “instrumental in bringing about the Council of Chalcedon”, and when she died she “she left all her private goods and estates to the poor.”