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.
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 2 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 3 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 4 months ago by Avinesh
A good book and interesting story. If you enjoyed this and would like to read more on Julian, try reading Champion of the Gods. Read morePublished 4 months ago by reader
Not my usual kind of reading, but read it for bookclub. I learned quite a bit of information about that time period. It was well written. Makes me glad I live now instead of then!Published 6 months ago by Marilyn Knutson
I love this book, Rome Politics, Murder and Mayhem. Actually named my son Julian.Published 7 months ago by Michael Wade Phillips
Tony Chiappelone told me to read this book, and Tony never steered me wrong.
Vidal brings the reader into the world of the Emperor Julian, from his early years on. Read more