Catherine the Great

Catherine II

noun
(Sophia Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst"Catherine the Great") 1729–96, empress of Russia 1762–96.
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Catherine II
 
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known as Catherine the Great. 1729--96, empress of Russia (1762--96), during whose reign Russia extended her boundaries at the expense of Turkey, Sweden, and Poland: she was a patron of literature and the arts

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An empress of Russia in the late eighteenth century who encouraged the cultural influences of western Europe in Russia and extended Russian territory toward the Black Sea. She is also known for her amorous intrigues, including affairs with members of her government.

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