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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Whatever justice there is in either verdict will depend on a careful consideration of Smith’s method and its results, a precis of which follows.

Julian the Apostate

Timothy Hall rated it liked it Feb 27, Laura rated it liked it Oct 06, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Most bowersocck should sign in with their email address. Walter Emil Kaegi; G.

In Julian, who had been an undefeated commander of the Roman armies in Gaul, led 90, men against the Persians.

Kaegi – – Classical World: Guglielmo – – Augustinianum 2 2: I feel like any book about Julian that perpetuates the label “apostate” must have a pro-Christian bias, and this one is no exception. Eric rated it liked bowereock Oct 06, This is not the book one should read first on Julian, as I can imagine it would colour one’s views irrevocably against the man.

Feb 24, Colin rated it really liked it Shelves: Let him organize religion as much as he pleased, let apostaate write the high priest of Galatia as much as he pleased, or to others like him, exhorting, giving directions. Milne and Hutchison, On one hand, by eschewing the biographic approach that has long dominated Julianic studies in general and recent Julianic scholarship in English-speaking countries in particular and opting instead for a thematic treatment of Julian’s thought and action with respect to Hellenic culture and religion, Smith has produced perhaps the most original book on Julian ever written in English.


Jan 07, Dan rated boweersock liked it. At the most it undermines, at the least it challenges some fundamental tenets of Julianic scholarship. Tom Varacalli rated it really liked it Mar 25, Julian’s conversion, his criticism of Christianity, and his anti-Christian political measures.

Can’t help but feel fond for an underdog, sometimes.

Harvard University Press Amazon. Bowersock – – The Classical Review 33 However, even allowing for the time between finishing Julian’s Gods and its publication, juliaj 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. In the early part of the book, he writes seemingly as an apologist for Constantius II, portraying him in a far more favourable light than most other historians of the period.

A highly intelligent man, he was also irascible and vindictive whenever he was thwarted, which was not seldom since he was swimming against the tide.

Here three central issues emerge: Fordham University Quarterly 55 2: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.


David Kush rated it liked it Dec 14, He castes Julian in the mold of a zealot and a bigot, and eventually as a persecutor of Christians, something which most historians stop short of.

The Acclamation at Paris. Malley, Hellenism and Christianity: I would urge experts in Mithraic and Metroic studies and in Iamblichan Neoplatonism to evaluate Smith’s conclusions and the specialized scholarship upon which they rest. Ships from the UK. He also anticipates what will be his recurring disagreement with fundamental features of the portraits of Julian painted by Glen Bowersock and Polymnia Athanassiadi.

Two significant exceptions to the biographical approach are Gerald H.

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Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Did personal hatred for certain of his Christian relatives and childhood contacts contribute to his pagan conversion? As for the first, Smith raises important questions, any answers to which the nature of the evidence makes problematic at best.