Julian the Apostate

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Harvard University Press, 1978 - History - 135 pages
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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 G. W. 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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User Review  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

Quick, easy to read biography of Julian. The author spends perhaps too much time explaining how he uses sources, but that's at least understandable in a work on such a polarized figure, and such an ... Read full review

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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


Approaching the Reign I
The Personality of the Emperor
The Heritage of Adolescence
The Acclamation at Paris
The Mask Removed
Justice and Reform
The Puritanical Pagan
The Final Campaign
The Chronology of

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

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