Julian the Apostate

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Harvard University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 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 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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Contents

Approaching the Reign
1
The Personality of the Emperor
12
The Heritage of Adolescence
21
Gaul
33
The Acclamation at Paris
46
The Mask Removed
55
Justice and Reform
66
The Puritanical Pagan
79
Antioch
94
The Final Campaign
106
The Chronology of
120
Bibliography
126
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About the author (1997)

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

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