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Julian's Gods: Religion and Philosophy in the Thought and Action of Julian the Apostate

Julian's Gods: Religion and Philosophy in the Thought and Action of Julian the Apostate

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By (author) Rowland B. E. Smith

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 218mm x 28mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415034876
  • ISBN 13: 9780415034876
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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Julian's brief reign (360-363 AD) had a profound impact on his contemporaries, as he worked fervently for a pagan restoration in the Roman Empire, which was rapidly becoming Christian. Julian's Gods focuses on the cultural mentality of 'the last pagan Emperor' by examining a wide variety of his own writings. The surviving speeches and treatises, satires and letters offer a rare insight into the personal attitudes and motivations of a remarkable Emperor. They show Julian as a highly educated man, an avid student of Greek philosophy, and a talented author in his own right. This elegant and closely-argued study will deepen understanding not only of Julian, but of the context of fourth century Neoplatonism.

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.."this book is well written and closely argued. It provides some fascinating insights into Julian's reign and his influence as well as his application of philosophy into public life.."-" Philosophy in Review, Vol. 17, No. 1-No. 3, 1997