Anna Dalassené

In the golden bull that Alexios Comnenos issued
to prominently honor his mother,
the very sagacious Lady Anna Dalassené --
distinguished in her works, in her ways --
there are many words of praise:
here let us convey of them
a beautiful, noble phrase
"Those cold words 'mine' or 'yours' were never spoken."

Constantine P. Cavafy (1927)

[ Greek original ]

Notes:

In 1081, the emperor Alexios I Comnenos (1081-1118), before departing to war, issued a golden bull (a royal edict bearing the golden imperial seal) entrusting his mother Anna Dalasené with all imperial powers.


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