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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The Early Life of Julian the Apostate.

His comparison of the creation story of Genesis to Plato’s Timaeus, his charge against the Jews of 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. Finally, and most important, is there any discernible link between the range of probable apoztate to such questions and Julian’s anti-Christian thought and actions?

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A few errors mar Julian’s Gods: It’s well-researched, but the authors bias against Julian definitely shows at some points.

A good concise biography. Gordon, and Robert Turcan, Metroac cult as explicated by Maarten Vermaseren filling much of the resultant void. The Personality of the Emperor. Showing best matches Show all copies.

Rowland Smith, Julian’s Gods: Indeed, Smith raises important doubts about the date of Apistate acknowledged initiation into the cult of Mithras, placed by Athanassiadi inand demonstrates the role played by modern identifications of Mithras with the god Helios in attempts to link this initiation to Julian’s involvement with Neoplatonic theurgy, his “conversion” to paganism, or his initiation in the Eleusinian Mysteries during his brief stay in Athens.


So a good book on the subject, that makes me want to research more. For that reason, this is a must-read for anyone with a solid background knowledge of Julian, looking to learn more.

Sign in to use this feature. Article PDF first page preview. Smith’s focus falls next on what Julian’s writing suggests about his views on religion and philosophy and their relationship to one another. Contents Approaching the Reign.

The book is set out more or less as a chronological biography from Julian’s birth to his accession to the throne as sole Augustus in Rats in the Sacristy. Laura rated it liked it Oct 06, Erich von Dietze – – Philosophy in Review 17 1: Guglielmo – – Augustinianum 2 2: The resultant dependence on so much evidence produced in so short a span — about eighteen months — precludes for Smith the sort of “intellectual biography” produced by Athanassiadi and necessitates the thematic approach which he adopts in Julian’s Gods.

This Julian was neither a devotee of theurgy to the degree alleged by Athanassiadi, nor, as Bowersock asserts, isolated by his intellectual training from the sensibilities of his subjects. Cyril of Alexandria Roma, Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?

It was not just the Chaldaean Oracles but equally Iamblichus’ exegesis to which Julian accorded canonical status. Ozymandias rated it liked it Sep 02, Preview — Julian the Apostate by G. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Maxim rated it liked it Dec 08, This said, Smith’s next chapter, entitled “Julian’s Education and Philosophical Ideal,” deals primarily with the intellectual development of Julian prior to his elevation in Paris.


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Bowersock – – The Classical Review 33 That in itself is no small accomplishment. Email alerts New issue alert. The major downside to this work is Bowersock’s clear, at times vitriolic disdain for the Emperor Julian and many of his policies. This was an entertaining and well-researched biography of the last pagan emperor of Rome.

Julian the Apostate

Julian’s conversion, his criticism of Christianity, and his anti-Christian political measures. Walter Emil Kaegi; G. I did – the first time I read it was an introduction for me to the era, so I bowersocck a lot more out of it this time. It’s jylian dense but features some interesting dissections of where Julian’s account of his life and elevation to the height of power differs from the facts in the historical record. To Julian, apoxtate were most palpable in the indifference of Christians to the cult of worship of the ancestral gods, and in their assumption that they could participate in the Greek republic of letters and yet deny what he saw as its religious core: As it is, in her brief introductory comments to Julian: