Maria of Antioch (1145–1182) was a Byzantine empress as the wife of the Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos. She was the daughter of Constance of Antioch and her first husband Raymond of Poitiers. Her only son was Alexios II Komnenos, who succeeded Manuel in 1180, and died three years afterwards at the age of 14.
Irene, Byzantine Empress Consort 1118-34, detail from Comnenus mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, 12th century
Justinian and Theodora - Bing Images They ruled jointly as emperor and empress.When he was crowned in 527, his wife, Theodora, was named his co-regent, amid much opposition but one contemporary wrote that she was "superior in intelligence to any man."