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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Bowrrsock for the Mysteries of Cybele, though a precise date for Julian’s initiation is beyond recovery, an early formal involvement on his part is suggested by the prominence of the cult of Magna Mater at Ephesus and by the association of Bowesock, so important to theurgic ritual, with Cybele pp.

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.

Julian the Apostate

Paperbackpages. He castes Julian in uulian mold of a zealot and a bigot, and eventually as a persecutor of Christians, something which most historians stop short of.

Jan 07, Dan rated it liked it. His friends weren’t Christians: Penella – – Thought: You do not currently have access to this article.

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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. Fordham University Quarterly 55 2: 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.


Julian the Apostate by G. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is an academic work and not a piece of pop-history, but the material is so damned interesting even a scientist can enjoy and has enjoyed it.

Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? But even so they weren’t able to play the way that he did brought up as a Christian with the system of a new religion, ridiculous in theory and in practice.

In Antioch — partly as a response to the provocations of the Antiochenes and in reaction to particular problems elsewhere, partly in his anticipation of the help from the gods required for success against the Persians — Julian’s anti-Christian feelings intensified.

Though Bowersock voiced a succinct demurral, it is Smith, drawing upon recent trends in Mithraic scholarship, who offers the aposttae detailed critique of what has become the generally accepted view of a close connection between Julian and Mithraic doctrine.

Along the way he becomes a great war hero and also parts ways with his family’s Christian religion. Baynes – – The Classical Review 45 Apostate Rationalism and Maimon’s Hume.

Cambridge, Cambridge University Press,Or. Address label on front end page. In sum, he maintains p. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Return to Book Page. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Bidez’ thesis of an initial tolerance Smith explains as a misreading of the caution with which Julian, of necessity, had to move in the early portion of his reign.

Smith observes that Julian couches 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.

In Bowersock’s analysis of Julian’s religious revolution, the emperor’s ardent espousal of a lost cause is seen to have made intolerable demands upon pagans, Jews, and Christians alike.


In the 60 pages of notes and eight pages of bibliography, the latest reference is to the 2nd edition of Robert Turcan’s Mithra et le Mithriacisme Paris. 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.

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David Kush rated it liked it Dec 14, Sign in via your Institution Sign in. 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. Tom Varacalli rated it really liked it Mar 25, Email alerts New issue alert. This Bbowersock was neither a devotee of theurgy to the degree alleged by Athanassiadi, nor, as Bowersock asserts, bowrrsock by his intellectual training from the sensibilities of his subjects.

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Harvard University Press, No categories specified categorize this paper. What about Constantius’ consience when he murdered his family members including Julian’s relatives? 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.