Maria (wife of Constantine V)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Maria, wife of Constantine V)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
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 and his first wife, Tzitzak, bore him a son, Leo IV the Khazar, on 25 January 750. There is no further mention of her and, by the following year, Constantine was already married to Maria. Lynda Garland has suggested Tzitzak died in childbirth.[4]

Maria married Constantine between 750 and 751 and, 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 the Khazar was crowned co-emperor (6 June 751) and her husband recovered Melitene. The reasons are unknown.

Maria died childless and Constantine would proceed to marry Eudokia, who gave him six more children.


  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)

External links[edit]

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