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But what then did he expect? Let him organize religion as much as he pleased, let him write the high priest of Galatia as much as he pleased, or to others like him, exhorting, giving directions.

In the end they were Greeks. Nothing in excess, Augustus. Cavafy trans. And he did what he could to carry out his resolution during his brief reign approximately 18 months as Emperor, so Julian was demonized by Christians and deified by "pagans" after his early death. Thus very quickly the facts of his life became swamped by a tsunami of propaganda from both sides. These mutually contradictory legends have provided a gold mine for later polemicists, poets and novelists who have taken what they wanted from this swirling mass and invented the rest.

In Julian the Apostate the noted classical historian G. Though Julian was an ascetic and a learned man like one of his heroes, Marcus Aurelius, I learned to my discomfiture that not only was he a disciple of the burgeoning school of Neo-Platonism, but he followed the branch of that mystical "philosophy" which stemmed from Iamblichus, the branch in which reason was held in the most disdain as a means to penetrate the mysteries of the world.

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. 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 Great , he made Antioch his capital and forged grand plans for its transformation into the hub of the Empire.

But not only was Antioch overwhelmingly Christian and unreceptive to his religious reforms, in just a few months he managed to alienate nearly its entire populace with his well-meaning but unworldly administrative and economic policies, policies that misapprehended the degree to which ordinary people have no desire to be abstemious zealots. In Julian, who had been an undefeated commander of the Roman armies in Gaul, led 90, men against the Persians.

Indeed, we have so many of his texts - edicts, letters, orations, and various more unusual texts that cannot be so simply characterized - that Bowersock asserts that we know the man better than any classical Roman with the exception of Cicero.


Julian the Apostate




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