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This chapter talks about the sinister couple of delatores, Palladius, and Heliodorus. Palladius brings a large number of people to trial; he plants fake evidence in the houses of the defendants, which leads to the burning of complete libraries. His collaborator Heliodorus becomes an employee of the court in order to compromise people on real or imaginary charges. He even accuses the former consuls Eusebius and Hypatius, about whom Ammianus speaks in glowing terms, of planning to take power. Although the two brothers are released and reinstated in their former positions, Ammianus remains indignant about what he sees as an unforgivable insult. The acquittal of a real criminal, Numerius, causes Ammianus to vent his spleen on Valens, and makes him predict that the emperor will meet a violent end.

Keywords: Ammianus; Eusebius; Heliodorus; Numerius; Palladius

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