By Andreas Alfoldi, Andras Alfoldi

Professor Alfoldi describes the clash within the reign of Emperer Valentinian I among the previous international of pagan idea and customized and the recent order created through the conversion to Christianity of Constantine the nice. regardless of Valentinian's noble coverage of tolerance, he appeared the perform of magic by way of major Roman nobles, which the Senate and aristocracy of Rome thought of applicable upkeep of conventional rites, as disloyalty and unsafe to his individual and to the country. In Valentinian's reign the fight used to be manifested within the trials of practitioners of magic.

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