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This chapter presents a philological and historical commentary on first chapter of Ammianus Marcellinus's Res Gestae. It deals with Book 29, which is devoted to the judicial terror in Antioch under Valens and the warfare in Africa and Central Europe under Theodosius and Valentinian respectively. The first chapter of Book 28 is basically devoted to a series of criminal proceedings against Roman aristocrats. The first chapter of Book 29 can be regarded as its counterpart. In 29.1 Valens is clearly present, also in the sense that he continually steers the course of the various trials. The author does not deny him the right to defend himself against conspirators, but denounces the complete absence of regular justice during the criminal proceedings.

Keywords: Ammianus Marcellinus's Res Gestae; Antioch; judicial terror; Valentinian



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