Julian the Apostate (Classical life and letters)

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Julian the Apostate (Classical life and letters)

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Rating : 4.11 (817 Votes)
Asin : 071561262X
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 132 Pages
Publish Date : 0000-00-00
Language : English

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Kelly (The Observer) . --W. --J. N. --George Steiner (London Times)Packed with skillfully deployed information and remarkable insightsThe picture is drawn with an incisive vigor which is completely convincing, and with unusual elegance of style. D. H. Frend (New York Review of Books)The most reliable and lucid account available of Julian's haunting obsessionAn extraordinarily good book about an extraordinary man. Bowersock has written the best narrative history of Julian's careerHis success is due not only to the vivid style but to the command of the very wide variety of sources that enables him to derive new insights from unexpected facts. C

Author all but ignores Julian's anti-Christian polemics. A Customer I found the book thoroughgoing in biographic details on Julian's life. But particularly disappointing is the author's neglect of Julian's anti-Christian arguments, which make fascinating reading. Oddly, Bowersock ignores, in his Bibliography, the 3-volume set of Julian's writings published some years ago by Loeb Classics. This omission is especially galling since B. maintains many of J.'s writings are unavailable, but some he so char. Philosopher-king or persecutor? Julian was Roman emperor from 361 to 363. He was the last pagan ruler of the Roman Empire. Since he had began life as a Christian, later Christian writers refer to him as Julian the Apostate. Julian's predecessors Constantine the Great and Constantius had made Christianity the state religion of the empire. Julian attempted to undo this situation, consciously striving for a pagan revival. Naturally, this has endeared him to people cri. Jason Gacek said Well done but a little narrow in Scope. This was an effective and reasonably well written biographical profile of the final pagan emperor of the Roman Empire. Bowersock's balanced treatment of Julian's intelligence and administrative skill juxtaposed against his pagan religious fanaticism and poor people skills, creates a rich picture of this short lived emperor. A more thorough description of the people, groups and circumstances around Julian would have greatly enhanced t

G. . W. Bowersock is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey

In Bowersock's analysis of Julian's religious revolution, the emperor's ardent espousal of a lost cause is seen to have made intolerable demands upon pagans, Jews, and Christians alike.. Proceeding directly from an evaluation of the ancient sources--the testimony of friends and enemies of Julian as well as the writings of the emperor himself--the author traces Julian's youth, his years as the commander of the Roman forces in Gaul, and his emergence as sole ruler in the course of a dramatic march to Constantinople. This portrayal of one of antiquity's most enigmatic figures offers a vivid and compact assessment of the Apostate's life and reign

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