In the Anastasian War (502 - 505), Theodosiopolis and Amida were captured by the Sassanids, but Persian provinces also suffered severely and Amida was recovered. Both adversaries were exhausted when peace was made in 506 on the basis of the status quo. afterwards built the strong fortress of Daras to hold the Persians in check in . The Balkan provinces were left denuded of troops, however, and were devastated by invasions of Slavs and Bulgars. To protect Constantinople and its vicinity against them, the emperor built the Anastasian Wall, extending from the Propontis to the Euxine.
BZ77949. Bronze , 16, 22, 41, 14, gF, , some unstruck, 9.901 g, maximum 25.5 mm, 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 498 - 512 A.D.; D N ANASTASIVS P P AV, diademed, draped, and right; large M (mark of value = 40 nummi), above, CON (Constantinople) in ; $30.00 (€26.70)
In 492, the Isaurians begin a revolt in southern Central Anatolia. The rebels were defeated in the Battle of Cotyaeum and retreated to their mountain fortresses They continued guerrilla warfare against the Roman forces until 497.SH90890. Gold
, 3e, 2, 310, 4, 1.2, 3, -, -, EF, a few small marks, unusually attractive , 4.457 g, maximum 20.2 mm, 180o, 5th , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 492 - 498 A.D.; D N ANASTASIVS P P AVC, helmeted and facing , on helmet, spear in right over shoulder, on left, trefoil ornament on helmet; AVCCC E, standing slightly left, left, long jeweled resting on ground in her right, on right, in ; ex J. , sale 165 (June 2009), lot 32; SOLD
In 498, abolished the tax known as the chrysargyron. The tax applied to all merchants, money-lenders, craftsmen, and others who received fees for their , including prostitutes. The only exemptions were physicians, teachers, and farmers selling their own produce. Because it was collected in one lump sum only once every four years, the tax caused great hardships. Parents were sometimes forced to sell their children into slavery or prostitution to meet the levy. The city of Edessa, which was relieved of a tax of 140 pounds of gold every four years (2,520 solidi annually), celebrated with a week of festivities.SH62360. Gold
, 7e, 4, 5, 316, 7, 5, aEF, weak centers, 4.468 g, maximum 21.2 mm, 180o, 5th , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 498 - 518 A.D.; D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, helmeted and facing , holding spear and decorated with horseman; E, standing left holding topped with inverted
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