The Emperor Julian: Panegyric and Polemic

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The Emperor Julian is one of the most controversial and fascinating figures in Roman history. Adored by pagan intellectuals and vilified by Christian writers because of his attempt to restore paganism as a state religion, he was the focus of both panegyric and polemic. A critical study of these biased sources is essential for the understanding of his reign.

The present collection makes available in English the panegyric of Claudius Mamertinus (Panegyrici Latini XI/3), a substantial part of the treatise of John Chrysostom on St. Babylas and against Julian (de S. Babyla c. Julianum et gentiles XIV-XIX), which includes Libanius's monody on the Temple of Apollo at Daphne (Oration LX), and Ephrem Syrus's Hymns Against Julian, translated from the Latin, Greek, and Syriac respectively. Each text covers an important period of the reign of Julian--his rise to power, his stay at Antioch, and his ill-fated Persian campaign.


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About the author (1989)

Samuel N.C. Lieu read History at Cambridge and took his doctorate in Ancient and Oriental History at Oxford. From 1974-76 he was Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, and was then appointed Lecturer in Classical Civilization at Warwick University where he was promoted to SeniorLecturer in Ancient History in 1989. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical and Royal Asiatic Societies, and of the Society of Antiquaries, and is the author of The Religion of Light (Hong Kong, 1979) and Manichaeism in the Later Roman Empire and Medieval China, A Historical Survey (Manchester,1985).

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