Anna Porphyrogenita was born 13 March 963 Purple chamber of the Byzantine Emperor's Palace in Constantinople, Byzantine Empire to Romanos II (938-963) and Theophano (941-c980) and died 1011 of unspecified causes.

Anna Porphyrogenita
Grand Princess of Kievan Rus

Reign 989–1011
Spouse Vladimir the Great of Kiev
Father Byzantine Emperor Romanos II
Mother Theophano

Anna Porphyrogenita (Greek: Άννα Πορφυρογέννητη, Russian: Анна Византийская, Ukrainian: Анна Порфірогенета|; 13 March 963 – 1011) was a Grand Princess consort of Kiev; she was married to Grand Prince Vladimir the Great.[1]

Anna was the daughter of Byzantine Emperor Romanos II and the Empress Theophano. She was also the sister of Emperors Basil II Bulgaroktonos and Constantine VIII. Anna was a Porphyrogenita, a legitimate daughter born in the special purple chamber of the Byzantine Emperor's Palace. Anna's hand was considered such a prize that some theorize that Vladimir became Christian just to marry her.[2]

Anna did not wish to marry Vladimir and expressed deep distress on her way to her wedding. Grand Prince [[Vladimir I Svyatoslavich of Kiev (c958-1015)|Vladimir] was impressed by Byzantine religious practices; this factor, along with his marriage to Anna, led to his decision to convert to Eastern Christianity. Due to these two factors, Grand Prince Vladimir also began Christianizing his kingdom. By marriage to Grand Prince Vladimir, Anna became Grand Princess of Kiev, but in practice, she was referred to as Queen or Czarina, probably as a sign of her membership of the Imperial Byzantine House. Anna participated actively in the Christianization of Rus: she acted as the religious adviser of Vladimir and founded a few convents and churches herself. It is not known whether she was the biological mother of any of [[Vladimir I Svyatoslavich of Kiev (c958-1015)|Vladimir]'s children, although some scholars have pointed to evidence that she and [[Vladimir I Svyatoslavich of Kiev (c958-1015)|Vladimir] may have had as many as three children together.[3]

See also

  • Family life and children of Vladimir I


  1. ^ Reuter, Timothy; McKitterick, Rosamond (1995). The New Cambridge Medieval History: c. 900-c. 1024. Cambridge University Press. p. 597. ISBN 9780521364478. 
  2. ^ Skylitzes, John; Wortley, John (2010). A Synopsis of Byzantine History, 811-1057. Cambridge University Press. p. 319 (footnote). ISBN 9780521767057. 
  3. ^ Shepherd, Jonathan (2003). "Marriages Towards the Millennium". In Magdalino, Paul. Byzantium in the Year 1000. BRILL. pp. 25–26. ISBN 9789004120976. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
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Title last held by
Last known consort: Malfrida
Grand Princess consort of Kiev
Title next held by
Next known consort: Ingegerd of Sweden


Offspring of Vladimir I Svyatoslavich of Kiev (c958-1015) and Anna Porphyrogenita
Name Birth Death Joined with
Theofana Vladimirovna



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