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Again, in 457 there was no male heir, and no imperial candidate from the Theodosian line  stretching back to the 370s. Stepping into the gap as emperor- maker was the Arian Alan serving  as Master of Soldiers, Aspar. As both his religion and ethnicity were increasingly offensive to  Eastern Romans, he remained the power behind the throne, appointing his household steward as  Emperor Leo I (r. 457-474). The new Emperor soon chafed at Aspar's tutelage, and also sensed  growing popular resentment against Germanic prevalence in the army especially. Leo thus  decided to purge the military of Germans, and the remainder of his reign was occupied with the  struggle against Aspar and his colleagues. These included Basiliscus, Leo's brother-in-law, who  while a Hellenized Roman devoted to Monophysitism, shared in common with the adept yet  Germanic general a hatred of the Emperors new allies. These were mostly Isaurians, battle-
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