Basiliscus

Eastern Roman Emperor | Royal

Lived around the beginning of 5th century to 477 CE.

Basiliscus was the Eastern Roman emperor from 475 to 476 CE. He was the brother of Verina, wife of the Eastern emperor Leo I (ruled 457–474). In 468 Basiliscus was given supreme command of a vast Eastern Roman force that sought to expel the Vandals from Africa. In January 475 Basiliscus executed a coup d’etat, which drove the new Eastern Emperor Zeno, from Constantinople. For the next 20 months, Basiliscus held the power in the East. As emperor, he stirred up discontent because he favored the Monophysite heresy, which held that the human and divine elements in Christ’s nature were inseparable. During his reign, a disastrous fire in Constantinople destroyed much of the city along with many Greek works of art. When Zeno returned to the capital in August 476, Basiliscus was exiled to Cappadocia and there beheaded.

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Lived around the beginning of 5th century to 477 CE.

Basiliscus was the Eastern Roman emperor from 475 to 476 CE. He was the brother of Verina, wife of the Eastern emperor Leo I (ruled 457–474). In 468 Basiliscus was given supreme command of a vast Eastern Roman force that sought to expel the Vandals from Africa. In January 475 Basiliscus executed a coup d’etat, which drove the new Eastern Emperor Zeno, from Constantinople. For the next 20 months, Basiliscus held the power in the East. As emperor, he stirred up discontent because he favored the Monophysite heresy, which held that the human and divine elements in Christ’s nature were inseparable. During his reign, a disastrous fire in Constantinople destroyed much of the city along with many Greek works of art. When Zeno returned to the capital in August 476, Basiliscus was exiled to Cappadocia and there beheaded.

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