Wife of Leo I (q.v.), whose daughter Ariadne married Zeno (qq.v.). She was a remarkable intriguer. She helped her brother Basiliskos (q.v.) gain Zeno's throne. Shunted aside, she intrigued for the return of Zeno, but once that occurred she plotted unsuccessfully to assassinate the real power behind Zeno's throne, Illos (q.v.). For this Zeno banished her to a nunnery in Tarsos (q.v.). In 484 she joined forces with Illos in a revolt against Zeno that ended up supporting the very general, Leontios (q.v.), who was sent by Zeno to suppress the revolt. Verina crowned the usurper with her own hands, but soon thereafter she died while the revolt was being suppressed.

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