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    Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    Edward Gibbon schildert die Motive, welche Kaiser Valens zu dem übereilten Angriff gegen die Terwingen unter der Führung von Fritigern und die Ostgoten von Altatheus und Saphrax verleiteten, folgendermassen:

    "About the same time Count Richomer returned from the West … to inform Valens that his nephew advanced by rapid marches at the head of the veteran and victorious legions of Gaul; and to request, in the name of Gratian, and of the republic, that every dangerous and decisive measure might be suspended till the junction of the two emperors should ensure the success of the Gothic war. But the feeble sovereign of the East was actuated only by the fatal illusions of pride and jealousy. He disdained the importunate advice; he rejected the humiliating aid; he secretly compared the ignominious, at least the inglorious, period of his own reign with the fame of a beardless youth; and Valens rushed into the field, to erect his imaginary trophy, before the diligence of his colleague could usurp any share of the triumphs of the day."

    E. Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. III, chap. XXVI
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