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Failure of Empire: Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D.

Noel Lenski


This book is a biography of the Roman emperor Valens and his troubled reign (A.D. 364–78). Valens will always be remembered for his spectacular defeat and death at the hands of the Goths in the Battle of Adrianople. By the time he was killed, Valens' empire had been coming apart for several years: the Goths had overrun the Balkans; Persians, Isaurians, and Saracens were threatening the east; the economy was in disarray; and pagans and Christians alike had been exiled, tortured, and executed in his religious persecutions. Valens had not, however, entirely failed in his job as emperor. He was an ... More

Keywords: Goths, Battle of Adrianople, Balkans, Persians, Isaurians, Saracens, pagans, Christians, religious persecution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520233324
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noel Lenski, author