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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - milocross - LibraryThing
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