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Failure of EmpireValens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D.$
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Noel Lenski

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233324

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233324.001.0001

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The Pannonian Emperors

The Pannonian Emperors

(p.14) Chapter 1 The Pannonian Emperors
Failure of Empire

Lenski Noel

University of California Press

This chapter addresses the accession of Valentinian and Valens and the establishment of their administrations. It also argues that Jovian was promoted to the purple against the will of the consistory by a group of his fellow imperial guardsmen who were disgruntled with the emperor Julian's cutbacks in their ranks. Additionally, it explores the territory of Pannonia out of which the two emperors sprang. It then examines the early careers of both emperors and that of their father Gratian. Valens and Valentinian inaugurated their reign with the first of what would be four shared consulships. The Pannonian emperors made public their interest in dredging law schools to fill their pool of administrative talent. Valens was an eminently practical man, and one can only imagine that in his quest for efficiency, he assigned offices to those closest to hand and best qualified for the job.

Keywords:   Valentinian, Valens, Jovian, Julian, Pannonia, Gratian, Pannonian emperors

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