Abt 420 - 472 (~ 52 years)
Has 3 ancestors and more than 250 descendants in this family tree.
||Procopius Anthemius |
||11 Jul 472
||Geneagraphie | Ahnen BvS
||19 Mar 2010 |
||Aelia Marciana Euphemia, d. Yes, date unknown |
| ||1. Anthemiolus, b. Aft 453, d. Abt 471 (Age ~ 17 years)|
| ||2. Marcianus, b. Abt 454, d. Aft 472 (Age ~ 19 years)|
| ||3. Alypia, b. Abt 455, d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Procopius Anthemius, d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||5. Romulus, d. Yes, date unknown|
||19 Mar 2010 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Mag.utriusque militiae und patricius 455, Ks. v. Rom 467
Roman Emperor from 12 April 467 until his death. Perhaps the last able emperor, Anthemius attempted to solve the two primary military challenges facing the remains of the Western Roman Empire : the resurgent Visigoths , under Euric , whose domain straddled the Pyrenees ; and the unvanquished Vandals , under Geiseric , in undisputed control of North Africa.
Anthemius was of the gens Procopia . His reign began on a hopeful note. Anthemius had the backing of Leo I , Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire , and had married his daughter to the chief military strongman of Italy, Ricimer . A skilled general in Illyricum , Marcellinus , ceased his active opposition and pledged his allegiance to the new emperor. Anthemius also gained support from a backer far outside of the existing circle of possible supporters: one Riothamus with a Romano-British army joined with Anthemius, and the alliance attempted to encroach on Euric. However, Euric was able to defeat not only Riothamus's army and the various Roman forces, but annexed numerous Gallic cities that still remained in Roman hands.
Meanwhile, the kingdom of the Vandals had presented a constant threat to Roman seafaring in the Mediterranean, and Anthemius and his Eastern Roman colleague Leo I undertook a concerted effort to dislodge them from North Africa (468). As commanders were appointed the western patrician Marcellinus and the eastern general Basiliscus . Although the campaign against Gaiseric initially made significant gains, Basiliscus allowed his fleet to be destroyed before Carthage by Gaiseric. Thus the expedition ended in utter failure, and in its wake, Marcellinus was murdered that same year on Sicily.
In 470, following all of this misfortune, Anthemius fell into a serious sickness, and believing that it was caused by sorcery, exacted vengeance on numerous prominent men. The magister militum , Ricimer , lost patience with Anthemius, summoned 6000 men who had been enlisted for the war against the Vandals, and began armed opposition in Milan against Anthemius in Rome . This conflict between emperor and military strongman ended five months later with Ricimer's conquest of Rome, and the capture and execution of Anthemius.
Sources for Anthemius's life are richer than for most fifth century Western Emperors, partly because of his origin in Constantinople, where the tradition of court histories was kept alive, and partly because of the details that can be extracted from a panegyric delivered January 1, 468 by the Gallo-Roman poet Sidonius Apollinaris . A son of Anthemius, Anthemiolus , is mentioned in the near-contemporary Chronica Gallica of 511 .
Anthemius married Marcia Euphemia , the only known daughter of Marcian , Byzantine Emperor . The identity of her mother is unknown. Her stepmother was Pulcheria , second wife of her father.
Euphemia and Anthemius would have five known children, one daughter and four sons. Their daughter Alypia is known as the wife of Ricimer . Their sons were Anthemiolus , Marcian , Procopius Anthemius and Romulus. Marcian married Leontia, a daughter of Leo I and Verina . The couple led a failed revolt against Zeno in 478-79. They were exiled to Isauria following their defeat