Marcian

Eastern Roman Emperor | Royal

Lived from 392 to 457 CE

Marcian was Roman emperor of the East from 450 to 457. In his early life, Marcian was a personal assistant who served under the commanders Ardabur and his son Aspar for fifteen years. After the death of Emperor Theodosius II on 28 July 450, Marcian was made a candidate for the throne by Aspar, who held much influence because of his military power. He married Pulcheria, Theodosius' sister, and was elected emperor on 25 August 450. Marcian reversed many of the actions of Theodosius II in the Eastern Roman Empire's relationship with the Huns under Attila and in religious matters. He almost immediately revoked all treaties with Attila, ending all subsidy payments to him. In 452, Marcian launched expeditions across the Danube into the Great Hungarian Plain, defeating the Huns in their own heartland. After Attila's death in 453, he took advantage of the resulting fragmentation of the Hunnic confederation by settling Germanic tribes within Roman lands. Marcian also convened the Council of Chalcedon, one of the great seven ecumenical councils of the Christian Church. He died on 26 January 457, leaving the Eastern Roman Empire with a treasury surplus of seven million solidi coins, an impressive achievement considering the economic ruin inflicted upon the Eastern Roman Empire by the Huns and Theodosius' tribute payments.

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Lived from 392 to 457 CE

Marcian was Roman emperor of the East from 450 to 457. In his early life, Marcian was a personal assistant who served under the commanders Ardabur and his son Aspar for fifteen years. After the death of Emperor Theodosius II on 28 July 450, Marcian was made a candidate for the throne by Aspar, who held much influence because of his military power. He married Pulcheria, Theodosius' sister, and was elected emperor on 25 August 450. Marcian reversed many of the actions of Theodosius II in the Eastern Roman Empire's relationship with the Huns under Attila and in religious matters. He almost immediately revoked all treaties with Attila, ending all subsidy payments to him. In 452, Marcian launched expeditions across the Danube into the Great Hungarian Plain, defeating the Huns in their own heartland. After Attila's death in 453, he took advantage of the resulting fragmentation of the Hunnic confederation by settling Germanic tribes within Roman lands. Marcian also convened the Council of Chalcedon, one of the great seven ecumenical councils of the Christian Church. He died on 26 January 457, leaving the Eastern Roman Empire with a treasury surplus of seven million solidi coins, an impressive achievement considering the economic ruin inflicted upon the Eastern Roman Empire by the Huns and Theodosius' tribute payments.

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