I never said they were Greek to the exclusion of everything else (ethnic, cultural or otherwise). I said they were Greek Byzantine emperors in the sense of language—in the sense, to clarify, that they (by and large) primarily spoke Greek, which is a fact. Contrast that with Justinian, who struggled to speak Greek, and was often considered the last truly “Roman” Byzantine leader due to his use of Latin. And note, please, that I contrasted Greek with Latin Byzantine rulers at the start, not Greek with Slavic or other. Ethnicity was never something I focused on for Byzantine leaders. Also, I don’t see how this division in language “skews” the selection. Every leader pick comes with various factors to consider, even among us fans. I never think “oh well, let’s pick a Latin-speaking one because that’s just the better language”. I think some in these forums do want a Greek-speaking Byzantine ruler for variety, but I am going to courteously assume that Greek language wasn’t the only factor for their preference for such Greek-speaking medieval Byzantine leaders. Certainly for me the most important factors are that we not pick truly incompetent leaders that left no real legacy. Which is why Theodora is fine. She definitely left a legacy, and is arguably one of the better known female rulers of world history. And she arguably bridges the Greek-Latin gap fairly well.