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Julian wasn't the only one concerned with foreign war in 359 AD. Constantius received reports that the Persians under Shapur II had invaded the Roman East and sacked the frontier city of Amida, albeit at a great cost. Julian passed the winter without incident, continuing to oversee Gaul, but in 360 AD reports arrived of trouble in Britain: the Picts and Scotti had broken their peace treaty with Rome and raided the frontiers. Lupicinus was sent to Britain with the Batavi and the two Moesiaci Legions as well as another Auxilia unit: the Heruli. From Bononia, Lupicinus moved to Londinium, known then as Augusta, and the tribes were eventually repulsed by him.
The Roman army was still thinly stretched and feeling the effects of the recent civil war, and Constantius needed reinforcements to meet the next anticipated Persian invasion. At the suggestion of Florentius, the Augustus ordered Julian to send him the Auxilia units of the Batavi, Heruli, Celtes, Petulantes and drafts of 300 men from all other units in his field army. It was a wholly reasonable demand especially in light of the defeat of the Germans. Ammianus' narrative suggests this put Julian, who didn't want to weaken the Rhine, in a conundrum, but the Caesar may well have used it as an excuse to rebel also. One of Constantius' courtiers, Sintula, came to Gaul in person to oversee the transfer of troops.
Julian tried to argue against Constantius' orders, but Sintula had none of it and left with the pick of Julian's light infantry. Florentius, who showed himself loyal first and foremost to Constantius, was unwilling to aid Julian. The Caesar then moved to Lutetia with his army. Ammianus gives a long account over Julian's reluctance to become Augustus, insisting he had no more desire to fight Constantius over it now then he did when his troops proclaimed him one after Argentoratum. Yet feigning the desire to increase one's own power or accept some powerful position were no new displays of modesty, and it is likely that Julian saw his opportunity now. The Celtae and Petulantes units were among the first to hail Julian as Augustus, giving him a Torque as a makeshift diadem and raising him up on a shield.