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Emperor Anastasius I

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Emperor Anastasius I was also known as:

Artemis (birth name); also spelled Anastasios

Emperor Anastasius I was known for:

perfecting the Byzantine monetary system. The reign of Anastasius was plagued by revolts and civil wars, in part due to his views toward Orthodoxy and Monophysitism.

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Died: July 9, 518

About Emperor Anastasius I:

Anastasius had served as a finance administrator and personal bodyguard to the emperor Zeno. When Zeno died, his widow Ariadne selected Anastasius as the next emperor, then married him. The new emperor was about 60 at the time.

The reign of Anastasius saw conflict with the Isaurans, Bulgars, Slavs, and Persians, as well as a rebellion by his own military commander. In 512 he built a wall from the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea in order to protect Constantinople from raiding Slavs and Bulgars. He perfected Byzantium's monetary system and expanded its treasury.

Although Anastasius professed an adherence to orthodox Christianity, as his reign went on he moved closer to the Monophysite doctrine. This was the cause of some difficulty in Constantinople and the European provinces, where orthodoxy was strong, but it aided peace with Egypt and Syria.

Legend has it that Anastasius, a superstitious man, decided after a night of prayer that the first man to enter his bed chamber the next morning would succeed him as emperor. In actual fact, Justin was selected by high officials of the court after Anastasius' death.

More Emperor Anastasius I Resources:

Emperor Anastasius I on the Web

Anastasius (AD 491-518)
Brief, well-referenced biography by Hugh Elton at De Imperatoribus Romanis.

Emperor Anastasius I in Print

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A History of the Byzantine State
by George Ostrogorsky

A Short History of Byzantium
by John Julius Norwich

A Concise History of Byzantium
by Warren Treadgold



Byzantine Studies

Guide Note: This Who's Who Profile of Emperor Anastasius I was originally posted in January of 2004, and was updated in March of 2012. Content is copyright ©2004-2012 Melissa Snell.


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