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- DescriptionA history of Julian, the grandson of Constantine, and his failed attempt to reverse the Christian tide that swept the Roman Empire Portrays the Apostate as a poet-philosopher, arguing that had he survived, Christianity would have been checked in its rise Details reforms enacted by Julian during his two-year reign that marginalized Christians, effectively limiting their role in the social and political life of the Empire Shows how after Julian s death the Church used paganism to represent evil and opposition to God, a tactic whose traces still linger The violent death of the emperor Julian (Flavius Claudius Julianus, AD 332-363) on a Persian battlefield has become synymous with the death of paganism. Vilified throughout history as the Apostate, the young philosopher-warrior was the last and arguably the most potent threat to Christianity. <i>The Last Pagan</i> examines Julian s journey from an aristocratic Christian childhood to his initiation into pagan cults and his mission to establish paganism as the dominant faith of the Roman world. Julian s death, only two years into his reign, initiated a culture-wide suppression by the Church of all things it chose to identify as pagan. Only in recent decades, with the weakening of the Church s influence and the resurgence of paganism, have the effects of that suppression begun to wane. Drawing upon more than 700 pages of Julian s original writings, Adrian Murdoch shows that had Julian lived longer our history and our present-day culture would likely be very different.
- Author BiographyAdrian Murdoch is a historian and journalist. He is the author of <i>Rome s Greatest Defeat: Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest</i> and <i>The Last Roman</i>, a biography of Romulus Augustulus, the Western Roman Empire s final emperor. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
- Author(s)Adrian Murdoch
- PublisherInner Traditions Bear and Company
- Date of Publication23/05/2008
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationRochester, VT
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintInner Traditions Bear and Company
- Content Notemaps, black & white plates
- Weight381 g
- Width153 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
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