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Flavius Valens, born in 321 CE in the Pannonian city Cibalae (Vinkovci, Croatia), was of humble origins. As a young man, Valens became a soldier; his first attested rank was protector domesticus (member of the palace guard) during the short reign of Emperor Jovian (363/364 CE). On Mar 1, 364 CE, Valentinian I (r. 364–375 CE) appointed him tribunus stabuli (stable master), which earned him a position close to the emperor. Valentinian was well aware that the empire was too large to be governed by one man; the army …

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Berndt, Guido M., “Valens”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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