The Incredible Fate of Galla Placidia, Queen of Goths and Last Roman Empress
If you ask me to nominate one single person whose fate personifies the transition period from the ancient world to the Middle Ages, I will choose Galla Placidia, beyond any doubt. Aelia Galla Placidia (? – November 27, 450) was the daughter and mother of Roman emperors and, most astonishing, the wife of the Goth king. She was the daughter of Theodosius the Great, and his second wife Galla.
There wasn’t left a portrait of Galla Placidia in her early years. I think that not only pretty appearance but her incredible vital force and intelligence attracted powerful men. An Italian version of Wikipedia gives her portrait in maturity. We see a very intelligent and refined face with gentle melancholy in beautiful dark eyes. Her luxuriant hair is hidden under a gauze opening large forehead. Though, the portrait is an official one she is very modestly dressed. Only an elegant bead of big pearls and earrings frame her delicate oval face. Her widely open eyes look with calm dignity into eyes of her destiny whatever surprise it prepares. Her appearance is amazingly up-to-date. A lady with such a look could easily be a prime minister, a film star, a CEO.