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Anastasius I (Flavius Anastasius Augustus; Ἀναστάσιος; c. 431 – 9 July 518) was Byzantine Emperor from 491 to 518.wikipedia
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Ariadne (empress)

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Under such pressure, Ariadne, Zeno's widow, turned to Anastasius.
450 – 515) was Eastern Roman Empress as the wife of Zeno and Anastasius I.

Isaurian War

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Under Anastasius the Eastern Roman Empire engaged in the Isaurian War against the usurper Longinus and the Anastasian War against Sassanid Persia.
At the end of the war, Eastern Emperor Anastasius I regained control of the Isauria region and the leaders of the revolt were killed.

Anastasian War

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Under Anastasius the Eastern Roman Empire engaged in the Isaurian War against the usurper Longinus and the Anastasian War against Sassanid Persia.
When the Roman emperor Anastasius I refused to provide any help, Kavadh tried to gain the money by force.


During the Anastasian War of 502–505 with the Sassanid Persians, the Sassanids captured the cities of Theodosiopolis and Amida, although the Romans later received Amida in exchange for gold.
Emperors Anastasius I and Justinian I both refortified the city and built new defenses during their reigns.


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He was born into an Illyrian family, the son of Pompeius (born c.
The early Byzantine Empire was predominantly ruled by emperors from the Balkan Peninsula with Byzantine emperors of Illyrian origin, amongst them Constantine the Great, Jovian, Valentinian I, Anastasius I Dicorus, Justinian I and their descendants from the Constantinian dynasty, Valentinian dynasty and Justinian dynasty.

Dara (Mesopotamia)

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Anastasius afterward built the strong fortress of Daras, which was named Anastasiopolis, to hold the Persians at Nisibis in check.
Therefore, in 505, while the Persian King Kavadh I was distracted in the East, Emperor Anastasius I decided to rebuild the village of Dara, only 18 kilometres westwards from Nisibis and just 5 km from the actual border with Persia, to be "a refuge for the army in which they might rest, and for the preparation of weapons, and to guard the country of the Arabs from the inroads of the Persians and Saracens".

Longinus (consul 486)

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It is noteworthy that Ariadne chose Anastasius over Zeno's brother Longinus, who was arguably the more logical choice; this upset the Isaurians.
On the death of Zeno in 491, Longinus was one of the possible candidates for the succession, but his Isaurian origin, which had already caused problems to Zeno, disadvantaged him: Ariadne, Zeno's widow, chose Anastasius I, a senior official.

Battle of Cotyaeum

Cotyaeum, Battle of
The battle of Cotyaeum in 492 broke the back of the revolt, but guerrilla warfare continued in the Isaurian mountains for several years.
The Battle of Cotyaeum of 492 was fought in Phrygia Epictetus between the rebel Isaurian army led by Longinus of Cardala (other commanders included Conon Phuscianus, an ex- bishop, and Longinus of Selinus) and the Eastern Roman army of Emperor Anastasius led by John the Scythian and John the Hunchback (subordinate commanders included the future Justin I).

Durrës Castle

He converted his home city, Dyrrachium, into one of the most fortified cities on the Adriatic with the construction of Durrës Castle.
The castle was built by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I (r.

Marinus (praetorian prefect)

Two years later, General Marinus attacked Vitalian and forced him and his troops to the northern part of Thrace.
Marinus was one of the most trusted and senior aides of the Eastern Roman emperor Anastasius I (r.

Vitalian (general)

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The following year the general Vitalian started a rebellion, quickly defeating an imperial army and marching on Constantinople.
In that year he rebelled against Emperor Anastasius I (r.

Justin I

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That person was Justin, the chief of his guards.
He rose through the ranks of the army to become commander of the imperial guard, and when Emperor Anastasius died he out-maneouvered his rivals and was elected as his successor, in spite of being almost 70 years old.

Zeno (emperor)

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He came to the throne in his sixties after being chosen by the wife of his predecessor, Zeno.
Ariadne then chose a favoured member of the Imperial court, Anastasius, to succeed Zeno, whose brother Longinus revolted, starting the Isaurian War.


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The Isaurian War (492–497) was stirred up by the Isaurian supporters of Longinus, the brother of Zeno, who was passed over for the throne in favour of Anastasius.
However, the population of Constantinople considered the Isaurians as barbarians, and emperor Anastasius I had to fight a long war against Isaurian rebels (Isaurian War, 492-497).

Anastasian Wall

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The Balkan provinces were denuded of troops, however, and were devastated by invasions of Slavs and Bulgars; to protect Constantinople and its vicinity against them, the emperor built the Anastasian Wall, extending from the Propontis to the Black Sea.
The wall was named after the Emperor Anastasius I ((r.

Paulus (consul 496)

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Anastasius is known to have had a brother named Flavius Paulus, who served as consul in 496.
Paulus was the brother of Anastasius I.

Probus (consul 502)

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Another nephew of Anastasius was Flavius Probus, consul in 502.
502–542) was a politician of the Eastern Roman Empire and relative of the Emperor Anastasius I.

Pompeius (consul 501)

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Anastasius' sister, Ceaseria, married Secundinus, and gave birth to Hypatius and Pompeius.
Pompeius (died 532) was a politician of the Eastern Roman Empire and relative of the Emperor Anastasius I (reigned 491–518).

Severus of Antioch

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The Emperor was a convinced Miaphysite, following the teachings of Cyril of Alexandria and Severus of Antioch who taught "One Incarnate Nature of Christ" in an undivided union of the Divine and human natures.
In the same year, Patriarch Elias of Jerusalem commissioned Nephalius to expel non-Chalcedonian monks from their monasteries in Palestine, and Severus was sent to Constantinople to complain to Emperor Anastasius.

Celer (magister officiorum)

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Anastasius I also gave official positions to his close friend General Celer, his brother-in-law, his brother, his nephews, and his grand-nephews.
Flavius Celer was a Byzantine general and magister officiorum under Emperor Anastasius (r.

Hypatius (consul 500)

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Anastasius' sister, Ceaseria, married Secundinus, and gave birth to Hypatius and Pompeius.
Hypatius was the nephew of Emperor Anastasius I, who ruled before Justin, and he was also associated by marriage to the noble Anicii clan, which gave him a serious claim to the imperial diadem; however, Hypatius showed no such ambition, and he and the other nephews of Anastasius were well-treated by both Justin and his successor to the Byzantine throne, Justinian I.

Marcellus (brother of Justin II)

His daughter Juliana later married Marcellus, a brother of Justin II.
He was married to Juliana, the daughter of Anastasius Paulus Probus Moschianus Probus Magnus, consul of 518 and a relative of the Emperor Anastasius I (r.


He endeavoured to maintain the principle of the Henotikon of Zeno and the peace of the church.
His successor Anastasius I was sympathetic to the monophysites, and accepted the Henotikon.

Anicia Juliana

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This Olybrius was the son of Anicia Juliana and Areobindus Dagalaiphus Areobindus.
Although she resolutely opposed the Monophysite leanings of Emperor Anastasius, she permitted her son Olybrius to marry the Emperor's niece.

Byzantine Empire

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In 491, Anastasius I, an aged civil officer of Roman origin, became Emperor, but it was not until 497 that the forces of the new emperor effectively took the measure of Isaurian resistance.