Julian the Apostate

ISBN-10: 0748618872

ISBN-13: 9780748618873

Edition: 2006

Authors: Shaun Tougher
List price: $47.95
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Description: This new study of the last pagan Roman emperor provides remarkable insight into the man and his times. Issues of historical significance are identified and discussed in one volume. 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.

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List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 1/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Shaun Tougher is a Lecturer in Ancient History at Cardiff University. He is series editor (with Emma Stafford, University of Leeds) of the Debates and Documents in Ancient History Series.

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