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.
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
"Julian" is an amazing novel -- once you get through the ancient names, it's a terrific telling of the time in Rome when Julian became Emperor and tried to revive the... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kathy Frank
It tooka long time to reach me, but at last I have received it. The copy is not up to my expectations, but the the Book is marvellous, so I'll forgive you.Published 3 months ago by Jaap Kruithof Baker
The edition I received was poorly bound and the pages came out in chunks. The novel itself is of course good reading and worth five stars.Published 5 months ago by Kristin Ohman
The cliche is true: history is written by the victors. Consequently, the Emperor Julian has been traditionally vilified (i.e. Read morePublished 6 months ago by N. Perz
Julian is another novel by Gore Vidal in a genre that he virtually owns called Historical Fiction. In other words, after careful research he then imagines how things happened and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. CRADDOCK
Gore Vidal paints vivid pictures of the characters, Julian and the historical setting in which it takes place. An incredible read.Published 7 months ago by Alexander Reyes
This is a truly historic novel of epic proportions and absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Miguel Faria