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Basiliscus(bă'sĭlĭs`kəs), d. c.477, usurper at Constantinople (475–76). He was responsible for the failure of the expedition sent (468) against the Vandals by his brother-in-law Leo ILeo I,
d. 474, Byzantine or East Roman emperor (457–74). Chosen by the senate to succeed Marcian, he sought to counteract the preponderance of Germans in the Roman army by enlisting Isaurians.
..... Click the link for more information. . He usurped the throne during the reign of ZenoZeno
, d. 491, Roman emperor of the East (474–491). An Isaurian, he succeeded his son Leo II and was the son-in-law of Leo I. During his reign he suppressed several revolts. He was driven from his throne for a period of 20 months (475–76) by the usurper Basiliscus.
..... Click the link for more information. , but his extortions and Monophysite tendencies led to his overthrow and execution when Zeno recovered his throne.
a genus of reptiles of the iguana family, order of lizards. Adult males have a high, wedge-shaped, leathery protuberance on the occiput; they have a leathery crest along the spine and the anterior third of the tail, supported by elongated, spiny processes of the vertebrae. There are four species, which are widespread in tropical America. They inhabit trees, chiefly along river banks; they swim well. The crested basilisk (B. basiliscus), length up to 80 cm, is found in Costa Rica and Panama.