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Valentinian: a good soldier, and a vigorous and thorough, if often brutal, administrator
Valens, brother of Valentinian, was illiterate and thuggish. In his first year he faced the revolt of Procopius and his less than glorious reign ended in the worst defeat of Roman arms since the battle of Cannae.
Procopius, having fled persecution by Valens after rumors that his distant cousin Julian the Apostate had appointed him his successor, returned from a miserable exile among barbarians in a desperate gambit to seize the purple.
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