Note 089
From Chapter 18 of the Decline & Fall

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.

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