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Commentary On Chapter 6

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This chapter focuses on an initial stage of Procopius' usurpation. It provides a brief sketch of his character and promising career, which was further enhanced by Julian. Seizing the property of others was a passion of Sapor, but decidedly denounced by Procopius himself in 26.7.16. The offences for which quadruple punishment was applied almost all concerned extortion, illegitimately acquiring property and money, and financial embezzlements. The absence of an imperial robe is an indication of the improvised character of the usurpation. Ammianus report of Procopius' usurpation proper is characterized by coincidence and improvisation, with Procopius grasping the chances which offered themselves.

Keywords: Ammianus report; Julian; Procopius' usurpation

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