How did Emperor Valens rise to power? What was his reign like? How did he die?
Valens rose to power after his brother Valentinian was named emperor after the death of Jovian. Valentinian knew that he would not be able to control the entirety of the empire on his own and so he declared Valens as his emperor in the east.
Valens then took control of the regions of Greece, Anatolia, the Middle East, and Egypt and spent the large majority of his reign attempting to solidify his control within the empire.
Both the Sassanids and Goths took advantage of the turbulence of the period and invaded Roman territory. Valens was able to impede the advance of the Sassanids but was defeated by the Goths at the Battle of Adrianople, which is seen as one of the worst military disasters in Roman history.
He was killed at Adrianople, and he is often remembered as an emperor with poor military skill but a talent for domestic matters and pacifying the lower classes.