Roman Emperors Dir Valens
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Valens (316 A.D.)
Michael DiMaio, Jr.
As soon as the Emperor Licinius realized that the cease-fire of 314 between him and the Emperor Constantine wou ld soon be abrogated, he appointed Aurelius Valerius Valens as his fellow Augustus probably during the opening days of December 316. He may have taken this action to make it clear to his brother-in-law that he was severing relations with him. The new Augustus had formerly been dux limitis in Dacia. When Licinius surrendered to Constantine on 1 March 317 after being defeated at Campus Ardiensis, the defeated emperor was forced to depose and to execute his newly appointed colleague.
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