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Tarasicodissa (Zeno, Flavius Zeno, Trascalissaeus)

Born: 425 AD
Died: 491 AD, at 66 years of age.

Nationality: Roman
Categories: Emperor


425 - Born in Isauria. He was also known as Tarasicodissa, a Byzantine emperor.

466 - Lead an army against the German troops of Aspar, at the request of Emperor Leo 1.

468 - Married Ariadne, daughter of Emperor Leo 1. They had a son named Leo II.

469 - Appointed consul and master of the soldiers.

         - Expeled the Vandals from Epirus (modern Albania).

474 - Zeno's young son, Leo, becomes emperor on January 18th.

         - Leo I died on November 17th, Zeno becomes new emperor, but discovers soon that he is resented for his background.

475 - Illius, Zeno's advsior, attempts a coup against him together with Basilicus. Zeno is forced to flee to Antioch.

476 - Illius returns to Zeno's party, and Zeno seeks aid from the Ostrogoth chief, Theodoric, allowing him to return to Constantinople.

         - In the west, chieftain of the Heruli, Odoacer, deposes Emperor Romulus Augustus; Zeno having regained the throne is unable to intervene. With this the Western Roman Empire ended.

         - Forged a lasting peace with the Vandals.

478 - New revolt by Marcian of the royal family together with Ostrogoth chief, Theodoric Strabo. Again, Illius crushes it, securing Zeno's position.

482 - Published the Henoticon, aiming at reconciling the differing views of the nature of Christ.

484 - Illius rebels against Zeno the second time.

         - The Henoticon is rejected by Pope Felix II (in Rome), causing a schism between Constantinople and Rome. It would not be mended until 35 years later.

489 - Managed to make the Ostrogoths to leave his realm, by making their Theodoric king of Italy.

491 - Died on April 9th, and Ariadne selects Anastasius to succeed as emperor.


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