Ariadne

Augusta of Roman Empire | Royal

Lived between c. 450 to 515 CE

Aelia Ariadne was Eastern Roman Empress as the wife of Zeno and then Anastasius I. Ariadne was a daughter of Leo I (emperor) and Verina. Her mother was a sister of Basiliscus (emperor). Because of the “barbaric” origin of emperor Zeno and other chaotic events within the dynasty and aristocracy of Constantinople, Ariadne came into conflict with her husband. She remained married to Zeno to his death on 9 April 491. The widowed Augusta was able to choose his successor for the throne and a second husband for herself in the person of Anastasius, a palace official, whom she preferred to Longinus, Zeno's brother. Anastasius was proclaimed emperor on 11 April 491 and they were married on 20 May in the same year. Their marriage remained childless. She died in Constantinople in 515 and was buried in the Church of the Holy Apostles.

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Lived between c. 450 to 515 CE

Aelia Ariadne was Eastern Roman Empress as the wife of Zeno and then Anastasius I. Ariadne was a daughter of Leo I (emperor) and Verina. Her mother was a sister of Basiliscus (emperor). Because of the “barbaric” origin of emperor Zeno and other chaotic events within the dynasty and aristocracy of Constantinople, Ariadne came into conflict with her husband. She remained married to Zeno to his death on 9 April 491. The widowed Augusta was able to choose his successor for the throne and a second husband for herself in the person of Anastasius, a palace official, whom she preferred to Longinus, Zeno's brother. Anastasius was proclaimed emperor on 11 April 491 and they were married on 20 May in the same year. Their marriage remained childless. She died in Constantinople in 515 and was buried in the Church of the Holy Apostles.

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