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Gold Pendant Featuring a Roman Bronze Coin of Emperor Valens - FJ.5841
Circa: 364 AD to 378 AD

Collection: Coin Jewelry
Medium: Bronze, Gold

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Flavius Valens was the brother of Emperor Valentinian I who was elevated to the throne by the Roman Legions. Valentinian ruled over the western half of the empire and selected his brother to serve as co-Augustus and ruler of the east. By 378 A.D., the Ostrogoths, who had been allowed to settle in the Roman Empire three years earlier, became an armed uprising. Valens led an army to suppress this insurrection; however, he was soundly defeated outside of Adrianople. Valens led an attack against the inferior barbarian armies without waiting for reinforcements to arrive first. They were led right into a trap. Two-thirds of the Roman army of the East was destroyed and Emperor Valens body was never recovered. History tells us that he either led a valiant last stand against the invaders and was slaughtered or else retreated to a country farmhouse where he and a few loyal soldiers holed up until the barbarians burned the building. Either way, it is certain that Valens marched into his death, overconfident of the strength of the Roman army. - (FJ.5841)


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