Description - Julian the Apostate by Dr. Shaun Tougher
This new study of the last pagan Roman emperor provides remarkable insight into the man and his times. The figure of Julian demands the attention of historians. As the last pagan Roman Emperor, he provides a focus for studying the religious transformations that were taking place in the empire in the fourth century. Further, his secular policies and concerns concentrate attention on other transformations -- social and political -- within the period. Notably, Julian elicited sharply divided opinion from his contemporaries, which is largely polarised between pagan supporters and Christian opponents. Such division of opinion is also matched by the modern literature on him. Was he the prospective saviour of the Roman Empire, or was he out-of-touch and living in the past? Was he an evangelist for Mithraism, or an altogether more traditional pagan? Was he a shrewd military man, or a rash risk-taker whose luck spectacularly ran out on his Persian expedition? These questions and more are asked and discussed, allowing students to reach their own verdict on this exciting and controversial emperor.
Key Features: *Issues of historical significance are identified and discussed *Key passages of text are gathered and accessible in one volume *Modern interpretations of Julian are presented and considered
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(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Author Biography - Dr. Shaun Tougher
Shaun Tougher has been a Lecturer in Ancient History at Cardiff University since 1997. He studied at the Queen's University of Belfast and the University of St Andrews, and has also taught at both institutions. His research focuses on the political and social history of the later Roman and Byzantine empires, a particular interest being eunuchs.