Marcian succeeded Theodosius II upon the emperor's accidental death. It
appears a commander by the name of Arbadur was key in securing the post for
Marcian and convinced Pulcheria, Theodosius's widow, to not only confirm the
nomination but also become his nominal wife, a purely political relationship
that was only to strengthen the legitimacy of Marcian's claim to the throne.
They would lead separate lives from then on. Marcian proved a capable manager
for the eastern seat of the empire and died without incident in 457 of old age.
AE4 450--457 A.D.
Obv. DN MARCIANVS PF AVG: Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Rev. No Legend: Monogram of Marcian enclosed by wreath