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Byzantine usurper (5th c.)
The basics
Date of birth
Date of death 476 Cappadocia
Mother: Zenonis
Father: Basiliscus
The details

Marcus (Latin: Flavius Marcus Augustus) (died August 476) 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. Coins were issued in his and Leo II's names. 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

  • 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
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