On this occasion we must prefer the unsuspected testimony of Zosimus and Zonaras to the flattering assertions of Julian. The younger Victor paints the character of Magnentius in a singular light:
"Sermonis acer, animi turmidi, et immodice timidus; artifex tamen ad occultandam audaciae specie formidenem." [Epit. c. 43.]
Is it most likely that in the battle of Mursa his behaviour was governed by nature or by art? I should incline for the latter.