Zeno

Julius Nepos 474 – 475 A.D.

Julius Nepos rose to power at the behest of Leo, the eastern emperor. The then current ruler, Glycerius, was but a palace court appointee and puppet of a conquering barbarian general. On the approach of Nepos' army, Glycerius abdicated and was allowed to retire without bloodshed. Nepos himself was to hold on to power for barely a year before he fled another approaching army of barbarians. Although without an army, subjects or any legislative power, Nepos would linger in near anonymity in Northern Italy until he was murdered in 480 by men from his own bodyguard, possibly in a plot involving former...

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Leo II & Zeno 474 A.D.

When Leo I sensed the end was near he elevated his grandson, Leo II to the rank of Caesar as his successor. Upon the elder’s passing, Leo II became Augustus as expected. However, he was only seven years old and within a couple of weeks he raised his own father, Zeno, to join him as co-emperor. The two went on to rule jointly only briefly, however, as Leo II would die just a few months later of some unrecorded illness leaving Zeno as sole ruler. The joint issues are therefore very rare due to the brevity of their joint reign. However, those in the name of Leo II alone are far rarer still given...

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Leo II 473 – 474 A.D.

Leo II was the child grandson of Marcian. After both Marcian and then Leo I died, Leo II turned out to be the next closest of kin and was thus made emperor. Just three weeks later his own father, Zeno, assumed co-emperorship with him and the two ruled jointly until Leo's own death later in the year of an unidentified illness left Zeno to rule by himself. Due to the extremely short sole reign, there was hardly a chance for coins to come out in Leo's name alone. Yet there are a handful of such coins. This is likely due to their being issued in his name alone as well as jointly with Zeno while both...

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Basiliscus 475 – 476 A.D.

History remembers Basiliscus in an unfavorable light for his biggest accomplishment seems to have been the annihilation of a large fleet sent to deal with the Vandals of Northern Africa. The circumstances for this disaster remain clouded under some controversy but it seems certain that as he approached the Vandal capital their leader sent a boat full of gold to halt the invasion. Basiliscus may well have sold out his countrymen and the cause for the loot. With the bought time, and probably more than a little proactive help on his part, the Vandals were able to mount a quick counteroffensive and rout...

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Ariadne c.450 – 515 A.D

Wife of Zeno, then Anastasius. Ariadne was also the daughter of Verina, Leo I's wife and to her most of all does Anastasius owe his title of Augustus after Zeno's death. AU Tremissis RIC 935 (Constantinople) Tremissis Obv: AELARIAUNEAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: No legend Exe: CONOB - Wreath, cross within.    

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