Procopius Anthemius

Procopius Anthemius

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Flavius Procopius Anthemius (floruit 469-515) was a politician of the Eastern Roman Empire, son of Western Roman Emperor Anthemius.

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Procopius was the son of Anthemius and of Marcia Euphemia, daughter of the Easter Roman Empire. His brothers were Anthemiolus, Marcian and Romulus; he also had a sister, Alypia.

He lived at Constantinople, at Easter Emperor Leo I's court, while his father shortly ruled on the Western Roman Empire (467-472), unsuccessfully trying to restore the Roman power in the Western provinces beyond Italy and Gaul. During this time, his brother Anthemiolus died while leading an attack against the Visigoths (in 471) and his sister Alypia married the powerful magister militum of barbarian origin Ricimer.

In 474, Leo died. He had left no sons and two daughters, the elder Ariadne, born before Leo was raised to the throne and married to the Isaurian general Zeno, and the younger Leontia, born when Leo was already emperor and married to Procopius' brother, Marcian.

The people of Constantinople despised the Isaurians, whom they considered barbarians; furthermore, Leontia's status as "porphyrogenita" gave her some sort of precedence to the throne, according to the faction that opposed Zeno. For this reason Marcian tried to overthrow Zeno. With the help of Procopius and Romulus, he gathered in Constantinople troops composed by both citizens and foreigners in the house of a Caesarius, south of the Forum of Theodosius, and from there they marched...
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