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Kassiani the Hymnographer

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His pride wounded by Kassia's terse rebuttal, Theophilos rejected her and chose [[Theodora (9th century empress)|Theodora]] as his wife.
The next we hear of Kassiani is that in 843 she founded a [[monastery ]] in the west of Constantinople, near the Constantinian Walls, and became its first [[abbess]]. <ref>[ "Other Women's Voices"]</ref> Although many scholars attribute this to bitterness at having failed to marry Theophilos and becoming Empress, a letter from [[Theodore the Studite]] indicates that she had other motivations for wanting a [[monasticism|monastic ]] life. It had a close relationship with the nearby monastery of Stoudios, which was to play a central role in re-editing the Byzantine liturgical books in the 9th and 10th centuries, thus ensuring the survival of her work (Kurt Sherry, p. 56).
She wrote many hymns for liturgies; the most famous being the eponymous '''[[Hymn of Kassiani]]''', sung every [[Holy Week|Holy Wednesday]] (liturgically; actually chanted late in the evening of [[Holy Week|Holy Tuesday]]).
* [ ''Татьяна А. Сенина (монахиня Кассия). "Диалог Феофила и Кассии: литературная выдумка или реальность?" {Tatiana A. Senina (Nun Kassia), "Dialogue between Theophilus and Kassia: literary fiction or reality?"}''], Scrinium. Т. 2: Universum Hagiographicum. Memorial R. P. Michel van Esbroeck, s. j. (1934–2003) / Ed. par B. Lourie et A. Mouraviev (Санкт-Петербург, 2006) 240–272
*Tatiana A. Senina (moniale Kassia), "Ἡ γυνή φιλόσοφος: S. Cassia de Constantinople et Platon," [ ''Scrinium. Т. 4: Patrologia Pacifica and Other Patristic Studies / Ed. par B. Lourié et V. Baranov (St. Petersbourg, 2008)''] 333–340.
[[Category: Hymnographers]]

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