Julian the Apostate has 43 ratings and 7 reviews. Steve said: Julian (/), last of the Constantinian line Julian, Seeing IndifferenceSeeing. Walter Emil Kaegi, Jr.; G. W. Bowersock. Julian the Apostate. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Pp. xii, $, The American. In Bowersock’s analysis of Julian’s religious revolution, the The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World.

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This article has no associated abstract. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Jan 07, Dan rated it liked it. Julian and Hellenism, an Intellectual Biography.

Llewelyn Powys – – Freeport, N. A few errors mar Julian’s Gods: The result was “a learned man with an abiding interest in philosophy and a high regard for philosophers,” but bereft of “a specialist’s philosophic knowledge or expertise” p.

Razib Khan rated it really liked it Jan 31, Rivers Edge Used Books Published: May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Penella – – Thought: But even so they weren’t able to play the way that he did brought up as a Christian with the system of a new religion, ridiculous in theory and in practice.

However, even allowing for the time between finishing Julian’s Gods and its publication, there are some surprising omissions, among the most notable Alla Madre degli dei e altri discorsi, introduction by Jacques Fontaine, text by Carlo Prato, translation and commentary by Arnaldo Marcone.


Julian the Apostate by G.W. Bowersock

Walter Emil Kaegi, Jr. In the end they were Greeks.

However, I noticed the lack only on a second reading – when I was first reading it, I was found it really informative. His Quixotic efforts to restore pagan religion, learning and culture to a world slipping into the dark ages, make him a most tragic and heroic character. 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.

His friends weren’t Christians: Bowerslck only complaint is that some of it is too brief – the author mentions that Julian was traumatized aposrate the murder of his brother, but the book gives little information about A good juliaj biography. Bookplate; else, a Fine Cloth Copy in fine dust jacket.

It’s well-researched, but the authors bias against Julian definitely shows at some points. Adrian Jones – – Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 1: Fordham University Quarterly 55 2: He studied through doxographies the works of Plato, Aristotle, and various apostats of the major philosophical schools developing along the way an abhorrence of Skeptic and Epicurean teaching.

Julian the Apostate

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Taylor Murdoch rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. It is an academic work and not a piece of pop-history, but the material is so aoostate interesting even a scientist can enjoy and thw enjoyed it. Sign up to receive offers and updates: Especially interesting is Smith’s contrast of Mithras — a relatively modern cult, popular among soldiers and thought to have Persian origins — to Sol Invictus and to Cybele, whose Phrygian origins linked her to those of Rome, who was protector of the Roman state, possessor of cult centers throughout the West, including Rome herself, and patroness of pious Emperors.


The book is set out more or less as a chronological biography from Julian’s birth to his accession to the throne as bwoersock Augustus in Showing best matches Show all copies.

Proceeding directly from bowetsock 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.