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Emperor Zeno

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Emperor Zeno was also known as:

Tarasicodissa or Trascalissaeus

Emperor Zeno was noted for:

Being emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire when the Western Roman Empire officially ended in 476. Emperor Zeno was also briefly overthrown, and the Acacian Schism began during his reign.

Occupation:

Places of Residence and Influence:

    Byzantium (The Eastern Roman Empire)

Important Dates:

    Died: April 9, 491

About Zeno:

Zeno married the daughter of Byzantine emperor Leo I and fathered Leo II. The child reigned briefly upon the death of Leo I but died within a year and Zeno, having been appointed co-emperor, succeeded him in 474.

Zeno's reign was plagued by revolts and religious conflicts. He was plotted against by his most trusted advisor, Illus, and was forced to flee Constantinople while Basiliscus took the throne in January, 475. Zeno returned in August, 476, but had continuing difficulties with Illus as well as trouble with Theodoric and the Ostrogoths. Zeno succeeded in convincing the Ostrogoths to leave the Eastern Empire by appointing Theodoric successor to Odoacer, who had precipitated the "official" end of the Western Roman Empire.

Emperor Zeno also sought to reconcile the heretical Monophysites with Orthodox Christians by issuing a letter (drawn up by the bishop Acacius), the Henotikon. But, although many Monophysites found his doctrinal suggestions acceptable, some aspects were so offensive to the church in Rome that a rift developed between Eastern and Western churches known as the Acacian Schism.

Zeno was succeeded by his finance administrator, Anastasius.

More Zeno Resources:

The Acacian Schism

Emperor Zeno on the Web

    Zeno (AD 474-491)
    Well-supported biography by Hugh Elton at De Imperatoribus Romanis.

Emperor Zeno in Print

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