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

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Failure of Empire is the first comprehensive 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. This singular misfortune won him a front-row seat among history's great losers. By the time he was killed, his empire had been coming unglued for several years: the Goths had overrun the Balkans; Persians, Isaurians, and Saracens were threatening the east; the economy was in ...

Failure of Empire: Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D. 2014, University of California Press, Berkerley

ISBN-13: 9780520283893

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Failure of Empire: Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D. 2003, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

ISBN-13: 9780520233324

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