Ariadne (empress)

Ariadne
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Part of a 5th-century imperial diptych thought to represent the empress Ariadne. Firenze, Bargello.
Empress of the Roman Empire
Reign474–515
PredecessorVerina
SuccessorZenonis
PredecessorZenonis
SuccessorTheodora (6th century)
Bornbefore 457
Died515
Constantinople
Burial
SpouseZeno
Anastasius I
IssueLeo II
Full name
Aelia Ariadne
DynastyHouse of Leo
FatherLeo I the Thracian
MotherVerina

Aelia Ariadne (c. 450 – 515) was the Empress consort of Zeno and Anastasius I of the Roman Empire.

Family

Ariadne was a daughter of Leo I and Verina. Her mother was a sister of Basiliscus.

Ariadne had a younger sister, Leontia. Leontia was first betrothed to Patricius, a son of Aspar. Their engagement was probably annulled when Aspar and another of his sons, Ardabur, were assassinated in 471. Leontia then married Marcian, a son of Emperor Anthemius. The couple led a failed revolt against Zeno in 478–479. They were exiled to Isauria following their defeat.[1]

An unnamed younger brother was born in 463. He died five months following his birth. The only sources about him are a horoscope by Rhetorius and a hagiography of Daniel the Stylite.[1]