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Anastasius I
Birth: unknown
Death: Jul. 9

Byzantine Emperor. He had one black and one blue eye, earning him the nickname "Dicorus". He was born in approximately 430 AD, and was serving as a palace official when he was chosen as Emperor on the death of Zeno in 491 AD. He owed his elevation to Zeno's widow, who he married soon after coming to power. He soon earned popular support by reducing taxation, but faced a rebellion by supporters of Zeno's brother, Longinus of Cardala. He also had to withstand attack by the Persians, Slavs and Bulgarians, and was forced to build many defensive structures, including the fortress of Daras and the Anastasian Wall. He reformed the Empire's monetary system after its near collapse in the 5th century, introducing three denominations of gold and five of copper. His religious beliefs made him unpopular in the European provinces, and in 514 AD a man named Vitalian led an uprising with the support of the Huns. The rebellion was put down a year later in a naval battle won by the general Marinus. There is a legend that he chose his successor by hiding a message under a couch and having his three nephews each choose one of three seats in the room. He believed that the nephew who sat on the couch with the message would be his true heir. However, two of his nephews sat on the same couch and the one with the message remained empty. He then decided that the first person to enter his room the following day would be his successor, this was Justin, the chief of his guards, who succeeded him on his death in 518 AD (bio by: js) 
 
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Church of the Holy Apostles
Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
 
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Record added: May 22, 2009
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Anastasius I
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