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INDUSTRY OF THE AUTHOR.

a third is hurled down from the highest rank and dignity. But he who would endeavour to enumerate all the various and frequent instances of the caprice of fortune, might as well undertake to number the sands or ascertain the weight of mountains.


BOOK XV.

ARGUMENT.

I. The death of the Cæsar Gallus is announced to the emperor. - II. Ursicinus, the commander of the cavalry in the East; Julian, the brother of the Cæsar Gallus; and Gorgonius, the high chamberlain, are accused or treason. - III. The adherents and servants of the Cæsar Gallus are punished. - IV. The Allemanni of the district of Lintz are defeated by the Emperor Constantius with great loss. - V. Silvanus, a Frank, the commander of the infantry in Gaul, is saluted as emperor at Cologne; and on the twenty-eighth day of his reign is destroyed by stratagem. - VI. The friends and adherents of Silvanus are put to death. - VII. Seditions of the Roman people are repressed by Leontius, the prefect of the city; Liberius, the bishop, is driven from his see. - VIII. Julian, the brother of Gallus, is created Cæsar by the Emperor Constantius, his uncle; and is appointed to command. - IX. On the origin of the Gauls, and from whence they derive the names of Celts and Gauls; and of their treaties. - X. Of the Gallic Alps, and of the various passes over them. - XI. A brief description of Gaul, and of the course of the River Rhone. - XII. Of the manners of the Gauls. - XIII. Of Musonianus, prefect of the Prætorium in the East.


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A.D. 354.

1. Having investigated the truth to the best of our power we have hitherto related all the transactions which either our age permitted us to witness, or which we could learn from careful examination of those who were concerned in them, in the order in which the several events took place. The remaining facts, which the succeeding books will set forth, we will, as far as our talent permits, explain with the greatest accuracy, without fearing those who may be inclined to cavil at our work as too long;