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Commentary On Chapter 9

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Ammianus indicated that Procopius would forfeit the victory that seemed to be within his reach. This chapter provides Ammianus' report. It is difficult to form a coherent picture of the events from Ammianus' report, as he leaves his readers in the dark about the chronology and other details concerning the confrontations between Valens' and Procopius' armies. Ammianus reports with indignation that the companions, who had handed Procopius over to Valens, were also executed. Ammianus report contains a short elogium of Procopius, in which his age at the time of his death is mentioned and his outward appearance described. Although Ammianus had portrayed Procopius as a melancholy failure, he ends his description on a positive note.

Keywords: Ammianus' report; Procopius; Valens

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