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Commentary On Chapter 9

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This chapter switches between the western and eastern part of the empire and discusses three different events: the troubles in Africa, the raids carried out by bands of brigands in Isauria, and the city prefecture of Praetextatus. It is about the African problems and the corrupt practices of the comes Romanus. The chapter then offers a provisional and limited assessment of Valentinian and his reign. Valentinian is criticised for the corruption during his reign and for his leniency towards the criminal behaviour of high-ranking officials, while punishing severely the petty crimes of common soldiers. Ammianus Marcellinus describes yet another uprising as well as raids by the Isaurians after his reports of earlier Isaurian uprisings in 354 and 359.

Keywords: Africa; Ammianus Marcellinus; Isauria; Praetextatus; Valentinian



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