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Commentary On Chapter 8

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This chapter describes the troubles in Britain during the period 367369. For the first time Theodosius the Elder, one of Valentinians prominent generals and father of the later emperor Theodosius I, appears on the stage. After Valentinian had been informed in the summer of 367 of a conspiratio barbarica of Picts, Scots and Attacotti who had overrun Britain, he first dispatched his comes domesticorum Severus to sort out the problems; afterwards the magister peditum Iovinus was sent in order to assess the situation. The chapter then describes how Theodosius crossed the channel followed by elite troops and how he started suppressing predatory enemy groups by dividing his army into small units. It finally focuses on Civilis and Dulcitius, newly appointed to govern Britain.

Keywords: Britain; Civilis; Dulcitius; Theodosius; Valentinian

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