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Commentary On Chapter 4

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Chapter Summary

In this chapter, Ammianus concentrates on the events in the East, which had been allotted to Valens when he and his brother Valentinian decided to divide the empire between them. Valens sets out to punish the Goths for their support of the tyrannus Procopius. Before describing his campaigns, Ammianus gives a description of Thrace, where the operations take place. Ammianus treats origo and situs of the Thracian regions, a difficult subject, because the sources contradict each other to such a degree that he is obliged to base his account on his own observations.

Keywords: Ammianus; Thracian region; Valens



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