lists eight consular men on the Anician side from 260-431 (1:1133) and six on the Petronian side from 314-406 (1:1144, stemma 24), and see John Matthews, Western Aristocracies and Imperial Court, A.D.
Bell and others in 1962 attests Valacius as the Latin form of the name of the dux Aegypti (duly noted in PLRE
Shanzer claimed, first, that the manuscript subscriptiones (sic) do not deserve the reliance that has been placed on them, and secondly, that the work was written after the Carmen contra paganos, which cannot (as she argued) be earlier than 384 or later than 385.(7) Both lines of argument lead her to assert that the authoress is not Faltonia Betitia Proba (Probe 2 in PLRE
), as traditionally assumed, but her granddaughter Anicia Faltonia Proba (Probe 3); and that since the statements which point to the elder Proba are `muddled ' and `arbitrarily imported' at some stage, this is not at odds with the best of the evidence.
Libanius wrote several letters of praise and congratulations to Barbatio, and it seems hardly likely that he would have revealed such obvious enthusiasm for the action of Anatolius had it been against one of his circle of correspondents who had also acted as a powerful patron on his behalf (PLRE
17 A governor of Bithynia named Pompeianus (PLRE
It is striking what a very high proportion of the individuals listed in PLRE
I (more than half on the basis of sample entries) consists of men mentioned in, or in many cases known exclusively from, the vast output of Libanius;(44) one can hardly say that any two of these individuals are likely to be connected.
There is little we can say about Eusebius himself, except that he had a common Greek name (there are 42 in PLRE
i) and came originally from the area around Portus Namnetum, modern Nantes, on the Loire.(21) It is, however, Eusebius' history and Ausonius' use of it that better repay investigation.