Administration and Finance under Valentinian and Valens

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:
Administration and Finance under Valentinian and Valens

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This chapter provides a brief examination of how Valentinian's and Valens' laws can often be shown to dovetail perfectly. It explores the four areas of administration on which both emperors concentrated: eliminating corruption, shoring up the fabric of the cities, benefiting the masses, and strengthening agriculture. Valentinian and Valens enacted similar laws on divorce and inheritance. Both standardized weights and measures at approximately the same time and took related measures to benefit education but also to tighten their control over it. The most significant economic measure undertaken by them was a major reform of coinage implementation. Both were able to reorganize revenues from civic estates, to overhaul the collection of tributes, and to reengineer the collection of money taxes and the production of coins. Gothic migration offered Valens the perfect solution to his recruiting problems and helped relieve him of some of his economic woes into the bargain.

Keywords: Valentinian; Valens; administration; corruption; agriculture; laws; education; coinage; money taxes

Chapter.  28558 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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