The adventures of Hormisdas are related with some mixture of fable (Zosimus, 1. ii. [c. 27] p. 100-102; Tillemont, Hist. des Empereurs, tom. iv. p. 198). It is almost impossible that he should be the brother (frater germanus) of an eldest and posthumous child; nor do I recollect that Ammianus ever gives him that title.