Leo I

Eastern Roman Emperor | Royal

Lived from 401 to 474 CE

Leo I  was Eastern Roman emperor from 457 to 474. He was a native of Dacia Aureliana near historic Thrace. Sometimes he is called Leo the Great to distinguish him from his young grandson and co-Augustus Leo II.  Ruling the Eastern Empire for nearly 20 years, Leo proved to be a capable ruler. He oversaw many ambitious political and military plans, aimed mostly at aiding the faltering Western Roman Empire and recovering its former territories. He is notable for being the first Eastern Emperor to legislate in Koine Greek language rather than Late Latin. He is commemorated as a saint in the Orthodox Church. Leo became very unpopular in his last days as Emperor for abolishing any non-religious celebration or event on Sundays. He died of dysentery at the age of 73 on 18 January 474 AD.

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Lived from 401 to 474 CE

Leo I  was Eastern Roman emperor from 457 to 474. He was a native of Dacia Aureliana near historic Thrace. Sometimes he is called Leo the Great to distinguish him from his young grandson and co-Augustus Leo II.  Ruling the Eastern Empire for nearly 20 years, Leo proved to be a capable ruler. He oversaw many ambitious political and military plans, aimed mostly at aiding the faltering Western Roman Empire and recovering its former territories. He is notable for being the first Eastern Emperor to legislate in Koine Greek language rather than Late Latin. He is commemorated as a saint in the Orthodox Church. Leo became very unpopular in his last days as Emperor for abolishing any non-religious celebration or event on Sundays. He died of dysentery at the age of 73 on 18 January 474 AD.

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