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Commentary On Chapter 7

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Chapter Summary

Ammianus turns to the manner in which the usurper sought to consolidate his position. Some lowranking courtiers and militarymen, both in active service and retired, threw in their lot with the new emperor. Valens is described as alarmed and dejected at the news of Procopius' coup. In the meantime Procopius devoted all his time and energy, and not a little ingenuity, to strenghthen his position. Having filled the highest military and civil positions Procopius turned his attention to the army. Cavalry and infantry regiments on their way to Thrace passed through Constantinople and were bribed to swear allegiance to Procopius. Next, Procopius tried to win support from the troops in Illyricum. This was the first major setback for Procopius, who was now completely cut off from the western part of the empire.

Keywords: Ammianus; Constantinople; Procopius; Valens

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