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This portrayal of one of antiquity's most enigmatic figures offers a vivid and compact assessment of the Apostate's life and reign. 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 of a dramatic march to Constantinople. 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674488823
ISBN-10: 0674488822
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 8mm)
Pages: 152
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - G.W. Bowerstock

G. W. Bowersock is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

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