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Anastasius I

Coin of Anastasius I. Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens (Greece). Photo Marco Prins.
Anastasius I (Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens)
Anastasius I: emperor of the East-Roman (Byzantine) empire (491-518).


  • c.431: Flavius Anastasius
  • 11 April 491: Augustus Anastasius
  • 1 July 518: natural death
Successor of: Zeno I


  • married to: Ariadne
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Anastasius' Passage Law. Archaeological Museum of Çanakkale (Turkey). Photo Jona Lendering.
Anastasius' law about the passage of the Hellespont, found at Abydus (Archaeological Museum, Istanbul)
Main deeds:
  • 491 Ariadne, widow of Zeno, appoints Anastasius, and marries him six weeks later
  • Laisez-faire towards monophysitism
  • The Ghassanids recognized as Roman ally along the Syrian border
  • 492 Consul (with Flavius Rufus) 
  • 496 In the Sasanian Empire, the reign of Kavad is interrupted by the reign of Zamasp
  • 497 Consul II
  • 498 In the Sasanian Empire, the reign of Kavad is resumed; Anastasius abolishes the hated artistans' and merchants' tax
  • 507 Consul III (with Venantius Junior) 
  • 518 Natural death
Buildings: Open cistern of St. Mocius

Succeeded by: Justin I

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