“Smitten by Kassia’s beauty, the young emperor approached her and said: ‘Through a woman [came forth] the baser [things]’, referring to the sin and suffering coming as a result of Eve’s transgression. Kassia promptly responded by saying: ‘And through a woman [came forth] the better [things]’, referring to the hope of salvation resulting from the Incarnation of Christ through the Theotokos. According to tradition, the dialogue was:
“-Εκ γυναικός τα χείρω.” (Ek gynaikós tá cheírō)”-Kαι εκ γυναικός τα κρείττω.” (Kaí ek gynaikós tá kreíttō)
His pride wounded by Kassia’s terse rebuttal, Theophilos rejected her and chose Theodora as his wife.”
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.