Leo II (emperor)

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Leo II
Leo (474)-coin.jpg
Coin issued during the joint rule of Leo II and Zeno.
Emperor of the Byzantine Empire
Reign 18 January 474 – 17 November 474
Predecessor Leo I
Successor Zeno
Consul of the Roman Empire
Reign 474
Born 467
Died 17 November 474 (aged 7)
Full name
Flavius Leo Iunior
Dynasty Leonid
Father Zeno
Mother Ariadne

Leo II (Latin: Flavius Leo Iunior Augustus, Ancient Greek: Λέων Β', Leōn II; 467 – 17 November 474) was Byzantine Emperor for less than a year in 474. He was the son of Zeno and Ariadne, and maternal grandson of Leo I and Verina. As Leo's closest male relative, he was named successor upon his grandfather's death. After taking his father as colleague, he died of an unknown disease about 10 months into his reign in November, 474. It was widely rumored that he might have been poisoned by his mother Ariadne in order to bring her husband Zeno to the throne. He was indeed succeeded by his father, although his grandmother Verina took advantage of his death to conspire against Zeno.

See also


  • Ostrogorsky, George (1956). History of the Byzantine State. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. 
  • Meyendorff, John (1989). Imperial unity and Christian divisions: The Church 450-680 A.D. The Church in history. 2. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. ISBN 978-0-88-141056-3. 

External links

  • Leo II (AD 474)
Leo II (emperor)
Born: 467 Died: 17 November 474
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Leo I
Byzantine Emperor
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Imp. Caesar Flavius Valerius Leo Augustus V (alone)
Consul of the Roman Empire
Succeeded by
Imp. Caesar Flavius Zeno Augustus II,
Post consulatum Leonis Augusti (East)

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