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Anastasius 1
Full name: Flavius Anastasius

(430?-518) Byzantine emperor 491-518.
Anastasius was an able leader, one of great integrity. He was involved in a long war with the Persians, but managed to achieve peace in 505. He also faced continuous attempts of invasion by Huns, Slavs and Bulgars. This represented such a threat to the empire, that he ordered a defensive wall built west of Constantinople, 56 km long from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara.
He managed to keep the borders intact through his 27 year long reign. The financial situation was in very good shape and with an efficient administration.
When in 512 converting to Monophysite Christianity, he angered many of his subjects, occasionally leading to rebellions. In Egypt and Syria, however, this brought improved stability.
He ordered the end of practices like sensual dances and gladiator combats with wild animals.
Following a war with the Isaurians, he decided to relocate many of them to Thrace.

Around 430: Born in Dyrrhachium (modern Dürres, Albania).
491 April 11: By the choice of Emperor Zeno's wife, Ariadne, Anastasius is proclaimed emperor, two days after Zeno's death.
— Marries Ariadne, widow of Zeno.
492: The brother of Zeno revolts, beginning the Isaurian War.
496: The Isaurian War ends.
497: Recognizes the rule of Theodoric over Italy, but this stability would not last long.
502: War begins against Persia.
505: Peace is signed with Persia, Anastasius agrees to payments to the Persian king, Kavadh 1. Theodosiopolis (modern Erzurum, Turkey) was lost to the Persians.
508: Sends a fleet to ravage the Italian coast.
512: A wall is built from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, to protect Constantinople from raiding Bulgars and Slavs.
— Forced to adopt a Monophysite program, causing much discontent in the European provinces.
514-515: Rebellion in Thrace against the Monophysite programme of Anastasius.
518 July 9: Dies in Constantinople. He is succeeded by Justin 1, the commander of the guard.

By Tore Kjeilen