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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Yankee Peddler Bookshop Published: An important reflection of this imposition of Neoplatonic concerns onto the Chaldaean Oracles was the intricate soteriological theory its revelations inspired, an integral part of which Smith holds to have been the elevation of the soul through theurgy, particularly as espoused by Iamblichus in reaction to Porphyry’s telescoping psychic theory.

But what then did he expect? Russell Books Ltd Condition: For that reason, this is a must-read for anyone with a solid background knowledge of Julian, looking to learn more.

Oct 09, Milo rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 Very Good with no dust jacket. Chapter 1, an introduction entitled “The Emperor and the writer,” sketches Julian’s life and considers Julian the writer, whose works reveal, in Smith’s words, “a man of refined taste for whom philosophy and literature were obvious modes of discourse between educated persons” p.

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Smith observes that Julian bowersoco his attack on Christian revelation in long-standing, derivative argumentation and suggests that Julian viewed Christian revelation based on a “once-and-for-all incarnation of God” as impossible to square with a Neoplatonic notion of revelation reconcilable with traditional Greco-Roman polytheism.


Walter Emil Kaegi; G. What role did the literary conventions of conversion narrative play in the testimonia about Julian’s apostasy? In Julian, who had been an undefeated commander of the Roman armies in Gaul, led 90, men against the Persians. It’s pretty dense but features some interesting dissections of where Julian’s account of his life and He is the author of over a dozen books and has published over articles on Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern history and culture as well as the classical tradition.

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Notable dissertations are Conrad M. 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.

What about Constantius’ consience when he murdered his family members including Julian’s relatives? The major downside to this work is Bowersock’s clear, at times vitriolic disdain for the Emperor Julian and many of his policies.

Ancient World Books Published: And he did what he could to tge 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.

However, even allowing for the time between finishing Julian’s Gods and its publication, there 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. Guglielmo – – Augustinianum 2 2: 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.


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 Gaul, and his emergence as sole ruler in the course aposrate a dramatic march to Constantinople.

Mirabelle rated it really liked it Apr 03, My own reaction is that Julian’s Gods is greater than the sum of its parts.

Cyril of Alexandria Roma, This interpretation of Julian’s relationship to the philosophy of Iamblichus is central to Smith’s subsequent Chapters 5 through 7, on Apoztate, the Metroac worship, and Christianity, respectively. Bookplate; else, a Fine Cloth Copy in fine dust jacket. His Quixotic efforts to restore pagan religion, learning and culture to a world slipping into the dark ages, make him a most tragic and heroic character.

Ozymandias rated it liked it Sep 02, Taylor Murdoch rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Julian’s excoriation of the Old Hhe god of the Jews reflects some of the same features.

Julian the Apostate by Bowersock, G W

In Julian the Apostate the noted classical historian G. I suppose we all must look at the ancient world through the lens of our own experience and beliefs. Want to Read saving….