Theodora, the name of several celebrated women of the early ages, of whom perhaps the most notable was Theodora who became wife of the Emperor Theophilus and Empress of the East in 830. She was a Christian, and resisted the Iconoclastic movement with all her force. She became regent in 842, while her infamous son, Michael III, was a minor, and ruled with much wisdom and strength. Her son, a monster of iniquity, deposed and imprisoned her in 857. She had subdued several of the savage tribes who threatened her empire, converted several potentates, and placed St. Ignatius on the patriarchal throne. of Constantinople. She died in 867, and is considered a saint by the Greek Church.