The Pannonian Emperors

Lenski Noel

in Failure of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233324
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928534 | DOI:
The Pannonian Emperors

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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

Chapter.  27240 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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