Marcus (son of Basiliscus)


Marcus (Latin: Flavius Marcus Augustus, Greek: Μάρκος, died 476/477) was the son of the Eastern Roman 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.

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
Western EmperorsJulius Nepos (475–476)
Romulus Augustulus (475–476)
Diedwinter 476–477
Cappadocia, Roman Empire
(now Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Anatolia, Turkey)
Flavius Marcus
Regnal name
Imperator Caesar Flavius Marcus Augustus
HouseHouse of Leo

Sources and citationsEdit

  • 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