hagia-sophia-mosaic-of-christ-with-constantine-ix-and-zoe Next → Hagia Sophia – Mosaic of Christ with Constantine IX and Zoe
who was zoe never heard that name before
Zoe is daughter of Manuel II Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor before his sons John VIII and Constantine XI, the Last Emperor. Zoe was promised to Ivan of Russia by the Pope in their flight from Constantinople to Rome to make it a Catholic Russia. She went, only to change her name to Sophia, and make Russia the 3rd Rome under Ivan whose grandson was Ivan the Terrible, and using the Roman double Eagle Standard.