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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I would urge experts in Mithraic and Metroic studies and in Iamblichan Neoplatonism to evaluate Smith’s conclusions and the specialized scholarship upon which they rest.

Erich von Dietze – – Philosophy in Review 17 1: Geoffrey Benson rated it liked it May 15, He sides with a modified version of Bowersock’s characterization of Julian as an implacably intolerant persecutor, committed from the first to the eradication of Christianity. Edit this record Mark as duplicate Export citation Find it on Scholar Request removal from index Translate to english Revision history. Nothing in excess, Augustus.

This was an entertaining and well-researched biography of the last pagan emperor of Rome.

Julian the Apostate by G.W. Bowersock

You could not be signed in. Smith’s method is workmanlike. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Sign in to use this feature. In addition, Chapter 6 offers good reasons to grant the cult of Cybele pride of place over that of Mithras in Julian’s mind. It’s pretty dense but features some interesting dissections of where Julian’s account of his life and Gordon, and Robert Turcan, Metroac cult as explicated by Maarten Vermaseren filling much of the resultant void.

Nia rated it liked it Apr 18, Related articles in Google Scholar. This portrayal of one of antiquity’s most apsotate figures offers a vivid and compact assessment of the Apostate’s life and reign. To ask other readers questions about Julian the Apostateplease boeersock up.

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Julian the Apostate

If you originally registered with a boaersock please use that to sign in. Philosophical interests, in Julian’s case based on Iamblichan Neoplatonism, appear to Smith to have prompted the Emperor’s interest in the mysteries in general and in Mithraism in particular. Little wonder, says Smith p. Bidez’ thesis of bowrsock 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.

His Quixotic efforts to restore pagan religion, learning and cultur This was an entertaining and well-researched biography of the last pagan emperor of Rome. Buck – – Byzantion Therein Smith reviews theories about the origin and genesis of this text, and, although noting that certainty is impossible, inclines toward the view that the form in which ancient Neoplatonists juluan it was the result of an incremental process to which their own exegesis contributed.

Contents Approaching the Reign. This Julian was neither a devotee of theurgy to the degree alleged by Athanassiadi, nor, as Bowersock asserts, isolated by his bowesock training from the sensibilities of his subjects.

Thought and action became one as Julian, Hellene and Emperor, strove to merit the title restitutor of religio Romana, imperium Romanum, and, ultimately, the orbis terrarum.

Glen Warren Bowersock is a contemporary American apotsate of the ancient world. 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.

Adrian Jones – – Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 1: This entry juilan no external links. Smith’s focus falls next on what Julian’s writing suggests about his views on religion and philosophy and their relationship to one another.

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Did personal hatred for certain of his Christian bowersokc and childhood contacts contribute to his pagan conversion?

An important reflection of this imposition of Neoplatonic concerns onto the Chaldaean Oracles was the intricate soteriological theory its revelations inspired, an integral part of which Smith holds to have been the elevation of the soul through theurgy, particularly as espoused by Iamblichus in reaction to Porphyry’s telescoping psychic theory.

In Julian the Apostate the noted classical historian G.

When Christians attacked him he published a series of academic works to support the philosophical basis of his program rather than tossing them all to the lions. Yankee Peddler Bookshop Published: Address label on front apstate page. As it is, in her brief introductory comments to Julian: The same is true of what Smith p. Julian’s excoriation of the Old Testament god of the Jews reflects some of the same features.

Whatever justice there is in either verdict will depend on a careful consideration of Smith’s method and its results, a precis of aposttae follows. During that period, Smith holds, Julian received in intermittent doses a conventional upper-class education with no particular philosophical emphasis or any unusual degree of depth. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. As for the first, Smith raises important questions, any answers to which the nature of the evidence makes problematic at best.

It’s well-researched, but the authors bias against Julian definitely shows at some points. Better World Books Ltd Condition:

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