Julian the Apostate has 43 ratings and 7 reviews. Steve said: Julian (/), last of the Constantinian line Julian, Seeing IndifferenceSeeing. Walter Emil Kaegi, Jr.; G. W. Bowersock. Julian the Apostate. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Pp. xii, $, The American. In Bowersock’s analysis of Julian’s religious revolution, the The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World.

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I think this is as far as I know the definitive biography and I’ll be rereading it again. His Quixotic efforts to restore pagan religion, learning and cultur This was an entertaining and well-researched biography of the last pagan emperor of Rome. Guglielmo – – Augustinianum 2 2: Very Good- with no dust jacket; Pages clean except for previous owner name largely printed in red marker on fore edge.


But once confident that he could act, Julian did. Ozymandias rated it liked it Sep 02, Heidegger-Ian Phenomenologies and History. Sign In Forgot password? Some of his edicts meant to reign in Christians are very funny.

Julian the Apostate by Bowersock, G W

However, even allowing for the time between finishing Julian’s Gods and its publication, there are some surprising omissions, among the most notable Alla Madre degli dei e altri discorsi, introduction by Jacques Fontaine, text by Carlo Prato, translation and commentary by Arnaldo Marcone.

For a gripping account of that doomed campaign, in which Julian was killed by a spear thrown by an Arab in Persian service according to Bowersock, that is the most reliable of the many stories that have entered into the legend and in which the Persians reduced the proud Roman army to desperation during their long retreat back to Roman territory, I recommend the version in Ammianus Marcellinus’ history, written shortly after the events and based upon eyewitness reports.

On one hand, by eschewing the biographic approach that has long dominated Julianic studies in general and recent Julianic scholarship in English-speaking countries in particular and opting instead for a thematic apostafe of Julian’s thought and action with respect to Hellenic culture and religion, Smith has produced perhaps the most original book on Julian ever written in English.


Julian the Apostate Classical life and letters Bowersock, G. Here and in what follows, Julian’s Gods takes issue with Bowersock’s portrayal of Iulian personality as “a pathological figure, uneasy in his personal relationships and essentially humorless, and prone to use the hhe word as a substitute for genuine social contact” p. This said, Smith’s next chapter, entitled “Julian’s Education and Philosophical Ideal,” deals primarily with the intellectual development of Julian prior to his elevation in Paris.

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 This portrayal of one of antiquity’s most enigmatic figures offers a vivid and compact assessment of the Apostate’s life and reign.

Rats in the Sacristy. Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. As it is, in her brief introductory comments to Julian: Luis Vela rated it it was ok Jan 18, Edit this record Mark as duplicate Export citation Find it on Scholar Request removal from index Translate to english Revision history.

Jun 22, Samuel Valentino rated it really liked it Shelves: In addition, Chapter 6 offers good reasons to grant the cult of Cybele pride of place over that of Mithras in Julian’s mind.

But not only was Antioch overwhelmingly Christian and unreceptive to his religious reforms, in just a few months he managed to alienate nearly its entire populace with his well-meaning but unworldly administrative and economic policies, policies that misapprehended the degree to which ordinary people have no desire to be abstemious zealots.

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Along the way he becomes a great war hero and also parts ways with his family’s Christian religion. Dustjacket has minor shelfwear and rubbing.


Julian the Apostate

Article PDF first page ju,ian. Tom Varacalli rated it really liked it Mar 25, In the 60 pages of notes and eight pages of bibliography, the latest reference is to the 2nd edition of Robert Turcan’s Mithra et le Mithriacisme Paris.

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He studied through doxographies the works of Plato, Aristotle, and various representatives of the major philosophical schools developing along the way an jukian of Skeptic and Epicurean teaching. Julian and Hellenism, an Intellectual Biography.

If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. In a preface, Smith describes his interest as “the texture of Julian’s cultural mentality in its extended sense,” explaining that ” In Julian the Apostate the noted classical historian G.

Julian the Apostate Classical life and letters. This is a second reading of this for me – I finished a biography of Valens, who came after him, and Constantine, who came before, and thought that I would get more out of another reading. Find it on Scholar. Feb 24, Colin rated it really liked it Shelves: He castes Julian in the mold of a zealot and a bigot, and eventually as a persecutor of Christians, something which most historians stop short of.

The resultant dependence on so much evidence produced in so short a span — about eighteen months — precludes for Smith the sort of “intellectual biography” produced by Athanassiadi and necessitates the thematic approach which he adopts in Julian’s Gods. Ships with Tracking Number! Xpostate helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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.