I would have thought they would do a better job teaching the history of the later Roman Empire at HC then at SVS. You really need to review your Roman Emperors. St. Theodora was co-regent with her son Michael III because he was a very weak Emperor, three dynasties and 400 years after Justinian.
Umm, I think you have the wrong St. Theodora, I'm talking about the wife of St. Justinian. You know, the actress who married the Nephew of the Empeor, saved the throne of Justinian from the mobs of the city, and reformed Roman law to give women unprecedented rights and protections. Yes, there was more than one Empress Theodora...and I'm the one who doesn't know Roman History?
Ohh and that means the canon was written 200 years before the example of St. Theodora. Remember that there was dramatic change in Church architecture over that 200 years with the introduction of the Iconostasis.
I am sure the father of Trullo would have never thought about having a Empress rule the Empire as the first regent just as I doubt any of the fathers of our country never thought there could ever be a female president.
I think you have a misunderstanding of how Roman Law, and thus canon law, worked. There is good reason why St. Irene took the title of Βασιλευς
rather than Βασιλισσα
, Roman Law had various authorities that were granted to the person who held the title Βασιλευς
, but no law stating that a woman cannot take that title, linguistic conventions are not codified and thus are moot. Basically, if they wanted this statue to refer only to men, they should have stated as much, since they didn't their intentions (which you have yet to even prove) are irrelevant. You are attempting to impose English Common Law and your ideas about US Constitutional Law on the Roman Ecclesiastical Civil Law, from the legal perspective (though not always social perspective) of the Empire the gender of the Emperor is irrelevant because there is no law directly refering to it, only cultural conventions. Thus, when women did ascend the throne and people objected to their rule they had to resort to illegal means to dispose them, the force of law was on the side of the Imperial Authority.