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Aelia Verina


Coin of Verina. Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins.
Coin of Verina (Museum of Gaziantep, Turkey)
Verina (died 484): name of a Roman empress, wife of Leo I.

Life

  • Wife of Leo I, mother of Ariadne and Leontia
  • 467 Ariadne marries Zeno
  • c.468 Zeno and Ariadne have a child, Leo II
  • 474 Death of Leo I; Leo II becomes emperor
  • Death of Leo II; Zeno becomes emperor
  • 475 Verina supports the revolt of Basiliscus, her brother
  • 476 Return of Zeno, supported by the Ostrogothic king Theodoric
  • 478 Verina, collaborating with Epinikos, attempts to overthrow the master of offices Illus; he discovers it, and has her exiled to Tarsus
  • 482 The empress Ariadne tries to murder Illus; Illus leaves court
  • 483 Insurrection of Illus
  • 484 Verina decides to support Illus
  • 484, 19 July: she crowns Leontius emperor; they establish a rival court in Antioch
  • Zeno sends troops; Illus, Verina, and Leontius escape to Papyrius in Isauria; here, they are isolated, arrested, and encarcerated
  • Verina dies in 484; she is later buried in Constantinople

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