During the reign of Leo Ist, the Isaurian chieftain Tarasicodissa came to Constantinople where he changed his name to Zeno and, in A.D. 467, married the Emperor's elder daughter, Ariadne. Leo II, his son, succeeded his grandfather Leo Ist on February 3rd, 474, and crowned his father co-emperor. Zeno became sole Emperor on the death of Leo II later the same year. He died of epilepsy on April 9th, 491.

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