Visual Timeline: Empress Irene
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752 CE: Byzantine empress Irene is born in Athens.
780 CE - 790 CE: Empress Irene rules as regent for Byzantine emperor Constantine VI.
780 CE - 797 CE: Reign of Byzantine emperor Constantine VI (with Empress Irene as regent 780-790 CE).
787 CE: The Ecumenical Council of Nicaea rules an end to iconoclasm in the Byzantine Christian Church.
797 CE - 802 CE: Empress Irene rules the Byzantine empire.
797 CE: Byzantine empress Irene blinds and kills her son Constantine VI.
802 CE: Byzantine empress Irene is exiled to Lesbos.