Valens

Reece Period attributed: Period 19

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Member of the House of Valentinian dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 364 until 378.

Flavius Valens was the younger brother of Valentinian I, and was born around 328. Valentinian raised him to the rank of Augustus in 364 and put him in control of the east; Valens spent much time campaigning against the Goths and Persians. He died in a huge battle near Hadrianopolis in 378.

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  • Preferred label: Valens
  • Full names:
    • Valens
  • Title: Roman consul VI, Roman consul II, Flavius Valens 8, Roman consul V, Roman consul IV, Roman consul III
  • Predecessor: Valentinian I, Western Roman Empire
  • Successor: Theodosius I
  • Definition: Flavius Valens (328 – 9 August 378) was Roman emperor from 364 to 378. He was the younger brother of the emperor Valentinian I, who gave Valens the eastern half of the Roman Empire to rule. Before 364, Valens had a largely unremarkable military career. In 378, Valens was defeated and killed at the Battle of Adrianople against the invading Goths, which astonished contemporaries and marked the beginning of barbarian encroachment into Roman territory.As emperor Valens continually faced threats both internal and external. He defeated, after some dithering, the usurper Procopius in 366, and campaigned against the Goths across the Danube in 367 and 369. In the following years, Valens focused on the eastern frontier, where he faced the perennial threat of Persia, particularly in Armenia, as well as additional conflicts with the Saracens and Isaurians. Domestically, he inaugurated the Aqueduct of Valens in Constantinople, which was longer than all the aqueducts of Rome. In 376–77, the Gothic War broke out, following a mismanaged attempt to settle the Goths in the Balkans. Valens returned from the east to fight the Goths in person, but lack of coordination with his nephew, the western emperor Gratian (Valentinian I's son), as well as poor battle tactics, led to Valens and much of the eastern Roman army dying at a battle near Adrianople in 378.Although Valens is described as indecisive, impressionable, a mediocre general and overall "utterly undistinguished", he was also a conscientious and capable administrator, and a notable achievement of his was to significantly relieve the burden of taxation on the population. At the same time, his suspicious and fearful disposition, and excessive concern for personal safety, resulted in numerous treason trials and executions, which heavily stained his reputation. In religious matters, Valens favored a compromise between the Nicene and the various non-trinitarian Christian sects, and interfered little in the affairs of the pagans.
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  • Death place: Battle of Adrianople
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  • Other title(s):
    • Roman consul VI
    • List of Roman consuls
    • Roman consul II
    • List of Roman emperors
    • Flavius Valens 8
    • Roman consul V
    • Roman consul IV
    • Roman consul III
  • Came After:
    • Valentinianus Galates
    • Sextus Claudius Petronius Probus
    • Dagalaifus (magister equitum)
    • Victor (magister equitum)
    • Equitius (consul)
    • Merobaudes (magister peditum)
    • Gratian
    • Ausonius
    • Quintus Clodius Hermogenianus Olybrius
  • Came before:
    • Varronianus (son of Jovian)
    • Valentinianus Galates
    • Victor (magister equitum)
    • Lupicinus (magister equitum)
    • Domitius Modestus
    • Gratian
    • Equitius (consul)
    • Merobaudes (magister peditum)
    • Jovian (emperor)
    • Arintheus
    • Jovinus (consul)
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