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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Return to Book Page. In Antioch — partly as a response to the provocations of the Antiochenes and in reaction to particular problems elsewhere, partly in his anticipation of the help from the gods required for success against the Persians — Julian’s anti-Christian feelings intensified. If Mithraic doctrine did exert any significant influence on Julian, Smith reasons, it would be most evident in the Hymn to King Helios.

Razib Khan rated it really liked it Jan 31, You do not currently have access to this article. Maxim rated it liked it Dec 08, Dec 03, Walter rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Rowland Smith’s Julian’s Gods is something of a paradox.

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While preparing for his fatal campaign against the Persians which was to be the beginning of an effort to extend the Roman Empire far to the East in imitation of his other great hero, Alexander the Greathe made Antioch his capital and forged grand plans for its transformation into the hub of the Empire. Julian the Apostate at Hampton Court. Eric rated it liked it Oct 06, Peter Biwersock – – Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 4: History of Western Philosophy.


Two significant exceptions to the biographical approach are Gerald H. His comparison of the apostat story of Genesis to Plato’s Timaeus, his charge against the Jews blwersock a narrow, exclusive religiosity, and his indictment of the Jewish god in contrast to the classical theoi as a protector and provider all have more to do in Smith’s eyes with Julian’s traditional polytheism than with philosophy.

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Julian the Apostate

These mutually contradictory legends have provided a gold mine for later polemicists, poets and novelists who have apoxtate what they wanted from this swirling mass and invented the rest. During that period, Smith holds, Julian received in intermittent doses a conventional upper-class education with no particular philosophical emphasis or any unusual degree of depth.

Contents Approaching the Reign. I think this is as far as I know the definitive biography and I’ll be rereading it again.

Socrates Scholasticus on Julian the Apostate. In Julian the Apostate the noted classical historian G. Chapter 4 investigates the Chaldaean Oracles and its influence on Julian’s thought and action.

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But once confident that he could act, Julian did. Rats in the Sacristy.


It was not just boewrsock Chaldaean Oracles but equally Iamblichus’ exegesis to which Julian accorded canonical status. It’s pretty dense but features some interesting dissections of where Julian’s account of his life and 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 This portrayal of one of antiquity’s most enigmatic figures offers a vivid and compact assessment of the Apostate’s life and reign.

My only complaint is that some of it is too brief – the author mentions that Blwersock was traumatized by the murder of his brother, but the book gives little information about bwoersock.

Julian the Apostate by Bowersock, G W

When Christians attacked him he published a series of academic works to support the philosophical basis of his program rather than tossing them all to the lions. You could not be signed in.

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