Maria (wife of Constantine V)

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Empress of the Byzantine Empire
Tenurec. 750–751
Born8th century
SpouseConstantine V
Maria (Μαρία)
DynastyIsaurian Dynasty

Maria (Greek: Μαρία; died 751) was the second empress consort of Constantine V of the Byzantine Empire.[1][2][3]


Constantine was Emperor since 741. His first wife Tzitzak disappears from the historical record after the birth of their son Leo IV the Khazar on 25 January 750, and Lynda Garland has suggested that she died in childbirth.[4]

Maria married Constantine between 750 and 751 and died soon afterwards of unknown causes. According to the Chronographikon syntomon of Ecumenical Patriarch Nikephoros I of Constantinople, her untimely death occurred at about the same time her stepson Leo IV was crowned co-emperor (6 June 751) and her husband recovered Melitene.

Constantine and Maria had no children. She was succeeded as empress by Eudokia.


  1. ^ Lynda Garland. 2002. Byzantine Empresses: Women and Power in Byzantium AD 527-1204. Routledge. P. 334.
  2. ^ T. Venning, J. Harris. Springer, 2006. Chronology of the Byzantine Empire. P. 791.
  3. ^ Warren T. Treadgold. Stanford University Press, 1988. The Byzantine Revival, 780-842.
  4. ^ "Irene, wife of Constantine V" (2000)

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Royal titles
Preceded by Byzantine Empress consort
c. 750–751
Succeeded by