Theodora was the last monarch of the Macedonian Dynasty that ruled the Byzantine Empire for almost two centuries. Theodora ruled with her sister, Zoe, from 1042 to 1055. When Zoe died, Theodora had the opportunity to rule alone for one a half years. She never married and did not have children either.
Byzantine coin showing Jesus Christ on the left and Empress Theodora on the right.
Emperor Constantine was deadly ill when asked Theodora to marry Romanus. She would have been empress if she had accepted. Constantine died, three days later, on November 15, 1028, and Romanus became Emperor. Romanus married Theodora´s sister Zoe who envied Theodora for having being her father´s first choice.