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After the long series of reports on the trials of people who had been arrested in the eastern part of the Roman Empire, because of their presumed subversive activities, specifically in the form of magic, the author turns his attention to the West, in particular to Gaul, where Valentinian was residing. This chapter illustrates Valentinian's qualities and weaknesses. Before coming to grips with the large military operations, Ammianus Marcellinus deals with the personal habits of the western emperor. He goes to considerable lengths when describing the unhealthy climate in which Valentinian's personal vices thrived under the influence of the sinister Maximinus, the PPO Galliarum, whom the reader will remember from the long tale of woes set in Rome in the first chapter of Book 28, in which he is the prominent player.

Keywords: Ammianus Marcellinus; Roman Empire; Valentinian

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