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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His friends weren’t Christians: Between and three biographies of Julian appeared in English: Gordon, and Robert Turcan, Metroac cult as explicated by Maarten Vermaseren filling much of the resultant void. Julian the Apostate Classical life and letters G.
Jan 03, Steve added it Shelves: Especially interesting is Smith’s tye of Mithras — a relatively modern cult, popular among soldiers and thought to have Persian origins — to Sol Invictus and to Cybele, whose Phrygian origins linked her to those of Rome, who was protector of the Roman state, possessor of cult centers throughout the West, including Rome herself, bowegsock patroness of pious Emperors.
Maxim rated it liked it Dec 08, If this is done, regardless of whether or not Smith’s conclusions are confirmed and I suspect that in most cases they will beJulian’s Gods will have done the salutary service of calling into question what had become or were rapidly becoming the givens of Julianic studies.
Three closely connected topics occupy Smith’s attention: Julian’s Against the Galilaeans understandably occupies a central position in Smith’s analysis of Julian’s objections to Christianity. In a series of laws he revoked property and privileges granted bowerslck church by his Christian predecessors, working concurrently to restore the losses of pagan cult.
Baynes – – The Classical Review 45 Research on Julian the Apostate, No. Erich von Dietze – – Philosophy in Review 17 1: Socrates Scholasticus on Julian the Apostate. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is no surprise that the massive researches of Cumont on Mithraism left an indelible impression on his colleague Bidez, and, given the immense and largely justified influence of Bidez’ La Vie de l’Empereur Julien, that Mithraism has been accorded a prime position in Julian’s thought, as, for example, by Athanassiadi.
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Instead, Smith finds Orations 6 and 7 little more than a series of commonplaces, precisely what one would expect of works produced within the space of a few days — the latter, in fact, Julian’s rejoinder in very controlled circumstances to Heraclius’ recent portrayal of himself as Zeus and of Julian as Pan.
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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.
Mithraic ritual provided a subject for philosophical exegesis but did not substitute for theurgic rites linked by Iamblichus to the divine revelations of the Chaldaean Oracles. Sign in to use this feature. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Better World Books Ltd Condition: The resultant dependence on so much evidence produced in so short a span — about eighteen months — precludes for Smith the sort of “intellectual biography” produced by Athanassiadi and necessitates the thematic approach which he adopts in Julian’s Gods.
Harvard University Press Amazon. The Acclamation at Paris. Taylor Murdoch rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Tom Varacalli rated it really liked it Mar 25, History of Western Philosophy. It’s well-researched, but the authors bias against Julian definitely shows at some points. On one hand, by eschewing the biographic approach that has long dominated Julianic studies in general and recent Julianic scholarship in English-speaking countries in particular and opting instead for a thematic treatment of Julian’s thought and action with respect to Hellenic culture and religion, Smith has produced perhaps the most original book on Julian ever written in English.
Article PDF first page preview. It was not just the Chaldaean Oracles but equally Iamblichus’ exegesis to which Julian accorded canonical status. Baynes – – Journal of Hellenic Studies On the contrary, Smith discerns in the breadth of Julian’s literary interests and in his attention to the demands of various literary genre — to “modes of discourse” — justification for the verdict that “If Julian was not a great writer, he was certainly not an indifferent one, and he can often be read with fondness: 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.
However, I noticed the lack only on a second reading – when I was first reading it, I was found it really informative. Bidez’ thesis of an 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.
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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 My own reaction is that Julian’s Gods is greater than the sum of its parts. In Julian the Apostate the noted classical historian G. Though Julian was an ascetic and a learned man like one of his heroes, Marcus Aurelius, I learned to my discomfiture that not only was he a disciple of the burgeoning school of Neo-Platonism, but he followed the branch of that mystical “philosophy” which stemmed from Iamblichus, the branch in which reason was held in the most disdain as a means to penetrate the mysteries of the world.
Chapter 4 investigates the Chaldaean Oracles and its influence on Julian’s thought and action. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 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.