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House of Leo

The House of Leo ruled the Eastern Roman Empire from 457 to 518 (and varying parts of the Western Roman Empire from 474 to 480).

The emperors of the House of Leo were:

  1. Leo I the Thracian (Valerius Leo) (401–474, ruled 457–474) – soldier
  2. Leo II (467–474, ruled 474) – grandson of Leo I, son of Zeno
  3. Zeno (425–491, ruled 474–475) – son-in-law of Leo I; orig. Tarasicodissa, an Isaurian
  4. Basiliscus ( ? – c. 477, ruled 475–476) – usurper; brother-in-law of Leo I
    • Zeno (ruled 476–491) – restored
  5. Anastasius I (430–518, ruled 491–518) – silentiarius; son-in-law of Leo I, elevated by selection by Zeno's widow Ariadne

Other members of the House of Leo were:

  • Aelia Verina, wife of Leo I and sister of Basiliscus
  • Armatus, general, nephew of Basiliscus and Verina
  • Ariadne, daughter of Leo I and wife of Zeno and then Anastasius I
  • Julius Nepos, Western Roman Emperor, husband of a niece of Leo I.
  • Hypatius, a nephew of Anastasius I and an influential Greens senator, was placed as the candidate to the purple during the Nika riots against the later emperor Justinian I. May be counted as a member of the Leonid dynasty due to being related to one of their emperors.


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