Valens, Flavius, Roman Emperor in the East, was born about 328 A.D, and was appointed emperor by his brother Valentinian, Emperor of the West. During the whole of his reign Valens was harassed by the Goths, who had obtained permission to settle in his empire. The treatment they received led to their revolt, and a long war was the consequence, culminating in the total defeat of Valens' army in 378. Valens is believed to have been killed by them, but the date is not known. He was an Arian, and the Goths adopted the same creed.