Sowers, Brian P. 2020. In Her Own Words: The Life and Poetry of Aelia Eudocia. Hellenic Studies Series 80. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebook:CHS_SowersBP.In_Her_Own_Words.2021.
Accounts, both ancient and modern, that begin this way usually focus on Eudocia/Athenais’ family, the implicit political interests behind her engagement to Theodosius, the influential bureaucratic positions that she orchestrated, her role in the intrigue and gossip of the imperial court, her fall from favor, her exile from Constantinople, her life in Jerusalem, her building programs, or her involvement in the Nestorian controversy. 
Such approaches, by necessity, rely on multiple ancient sources to reconstruct Eudocia’s involvement in the fifth-century East, from Athens and Constantinople to Antioch and Jerusalem. That nearly all these sources were written by men, usually aristocratic men, and reflect their aristocratic male interests, is a product of the ancient world, which disproportionately silences or elides over female voices and female perspectives. Based on this surviving evidence, Eudocia played a key role in fifth-century society and was a central figure, albeit briefly, in the Constantinopolitan court. After leaving the imperial capital, she remained a generous imperial patron and funded building projects throughout the Greek East, especially in Jerusalem and its environs.
Because so much of her poetry survives, we are afforded a unique opportunity to hear her in her own words, not mediated by redactors and epitomizers.
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Compare Mazzarino 1946; Beck 1966; Haffner 1996; Leppin 1998; Haffner 1999.
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Cameron 1965; Cameron 1982; Holum 1982; Hunt 1982; Biers 1989–1990; Burman 1994; Cameron 2000.
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For Eudocia’s place in recent works on women poets of antiquity, see Homeyer 1979; Wilson-Kaster 1981; Snyder 1989; Balmer 1996; Plant 2004; Greene 2005; Stevenson 2005.