Julian the Apostate
This portrayal of one of antiquity's most enigmatic figures offers a vivid and compact assessment of the Apostate's life and reign. 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. 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.
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Review: Julian the ApostateUser Review - Milo - Goodreads
I think this is as far as I know the definitive biography and I'll be rereading it again. It's pretty dense but features some interesting dissections of where Julian's account of his life and ... Read full review
Review: Julian the ApostateUser Review - Taylor - Goodreads
Recommended as a historical companion piece to Gore Vidal's JULIAN, just to confirm that indeed he got it right in all essential details (a few trivial adjustments to facilitate the plot). Not as exciting as the novel, but still fascinating. Read full review