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Julian the Apostate, nephew of Constantine the Great, was one of the brightest yet briefest lights in the history of the Roman Empire. A military genius on the level of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, a graceful and persuasive essayist, and a philosopher devoted to worshipping the gods of Hellenism, he became embroiled in a fierce intellectual war with Christianity that provoked his murder at the age of thirty-two, only four years into his brilliantly humane and compassionate reign. A marvelously imaginative and insightful novel of classical antiquity, Julian captures the religious and political ferment of a desperate age and restores with blazing wit and vigor the legacy of an impassioned ruler.
The fascinating and amazing life of the 4th century Roman emperor, Julian, the last surviving relative of the emperor Constantius' purge of his own family, lives in exile under... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Roger Walton
Amazing book. Vidal really knows how to take you back in time and live through Julian's eyes and his campaings through England, Germany, Turkey and the rest of the Middle... Read morePublished 1 month ago by elgrancid
All history buffs will benefit from this really unique story of the last pagan.
It is said that, one day, Julian tried to organise a procession through the streets of... Read more
Gore Vidal's coming out party as a major and serious novelist, Julian (1964) is a fabulously rendered and executed piece of historical fiction focused on a compelling central... Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Buzalka
This is historical fiction. For a better understanding of this interesting period in the history of Christianity, I would recommend "When Jesus Became God" by Richard E. Read morePublished 9 months ago by DouglasC
I like Gore Vidal though I have only read a few of his books. This one is one of my favorite on Roman history with a sympathetic view towards "Pagan religions" as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Avinesh