Short Biography about the life of Marcian
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Marcian, Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Name commonly known as: Marcian
Latin Roman Name: 450-457 AD
Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: Flavius Marcianus
Dynasty / Historical Period: Western Empire (394 - 476) which led to the disintegration of Roman authority and the Fall of the Roman Empire
Place and Date of Birth: 396 in Thrace
Name of previous Emperor: His predecessor or the Emperor before Marcian was Theodosius II
Family connections / Genealogy
Place and Date of Death: January 457
For the names of the next Roman emperors in the East and the West of the Empire refer to the Timeline of Roman Emperors
Interesting facts about the life of Marcian
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Marcian from the following facts and information about his life. Theodosius II died July, 450 AD as a result of an injury to his spine that was inflicted during a wild beast hunt. His brother-in-law, Marcian, succeeded him. In 454 the Ostrogoths settled in Pannonia. The following year Valentinian III died and was succeeded by Petronius Maximus. During this time Rome was sacked by the Vandals. Avitus become emperor in the west but Marcian refused to recognize the emperors of the Western empire. Marcian did nothing to aid the west during Attila's campaigns or when the Vandals sacked Rome. Marcian died in 457 of gangrene without a successor and general Aspar appointed Leo as the next emperor.