The list author says: "After doing a project on Julian I found that I had a long bibliography of sources that I decided to post on here for anyone else looking into this fascinating figure. His life in brief: Constantine the Great's nephew, Family killed while he was a child, became a philosopher, converted to paganism, became a successful military leader, took over the empire from his cousin Constantius, oppressed the Christians, led a failed attack on the Persian Empire where he died at 32. He is famously the last pagan emperor of Rome. I hope this list will prove useful to people. It includes basically every book in English on this man, plus a few general histories where he shows up."
"The most scholarly biography on Julian. The author is very biased in his view that Julian was an antisocial, imperious, religious fanatic. It's also the shortest book on this list. It must be read for it's clear, scholarly analysis but be prepared to make your own opinion."
"The man in his own words. Julian left enough of his own writings to fill three books. That is far more than any other emperor. They aren't repetitive works either as they range from letters, to panegyrics, to satires."
"The famous pagan rhetorician from Antioch who wrote several panegyrics in praise of Julian both during and after his life. Julian was supposed to have been influenced by Libanius' teachings as a student."
"A late history that takes a wider view of events. Zosimus is one of the last pagan chroniclers and unsurprisingly he sees Julian as the embodiment of the pagan ideal. This v=translation is particularly hard to get ahold of, but it's the best out there."
"An absolutely brilliant novel. Vidal gets almost everything right in depicting Julian's life and times. It is written as a memoir of sorts written by Julian with annotations and notes by Libanius and Priscus."
"This book is not anywheres near as good as the previous one. I find Ford shallow and uninteresting since his main focus is in telling adventure stories at the expense of plot and setting. Only included for completeness' sake."
"I don't like this book and am just including it for completeness' sake. Barnes is very fond of Christian writers and concludes from this that any omission by pagan writers is a sign of a massive bias."