Julian's Gods (Book published December 8, 1995)


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Author  Rowland B. E. Smith
Publisher  Routledge
Publication Date   December 8, 1995
ISBN  0415034876
Pages  320

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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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