Marcus (son of Basiliscus)

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Marcus
Augustus of the Eastern Roman Empire
Solidus Basiliscus et Marcus.jpg
Solidus of Emperor Marcus with his father Basiliscus.
Emperor of the Roman Empire
(With Basiliscus)
Reign475 – August 476
PredecessorZeno, deposed
SuccessorZeno, restored
Co-emperorBasiliscus
Western EmperorsJulius Nepos (475–476)
Romulus Augustulus (475–476)
Diedwinter 476–477
Cappadocia
Full name
Flavius Marcus
Regnal name
Imperator Caesar Flavius Marcus Augustus
HouseHouse of Leo

Marcus (Latin: Flavius Marcus Augustus) (died 476/477) was the son of the East Roman or Byzantine general and usurper Basiliscus and Zenonis. He was acclaimed Caesar in 475 and later promoted to Augustus, ruling as junior co-emperor to his father; when Zeno reoccupied Constantinople in late August 476, Marcus, with his parents, took refuge in a church. Zeno promised not to spill their blood, so he exiled them to Limnae in Cappadocia and subsequently starved them to death.

Sources and citations[edit]

  • Elton, Hugh (1998), "Marcus Caesar (AD 475-476)", De Imperatoribus Romanis, retrieved 23 March 2012
  • Martindale, John R.; Morris, John (1980), "Marcus 4", The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire: Volume II, AD 395–527, Cambridge University Press, p. 720, ISBN 978-0521201599