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The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World

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ISBN: 9781594772269
Author(s): Adrian Murdoch
Format: Paperback
Year: 2008
Publisher: Inner Traditions International
Dimensions: 154 x 230 x 17 (w x l x h)
Pages: 260

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A history of Julian, the grandson of Constantine, and his failed attempt to reverse the Christian tide that swept the Roman Empire Portrays the Apostate as a poet-philosopher, arguing that had he survived, Christianity would have been checked in its rise Details reforms enacted by Julian during his two-year reign that marginalized Christians, effectively limiting their role in the social and political life of the Empire Shows how after Julian s death the Church used paganism to represent evil and opposition to God, a tactic whose traces still linger The violent death of the emperor Julian (Flavius Claudius Julianus, AD 332-363) on a Persian battlefield has become synonymous with the death of paganism. Vilified throughout history as the Apostate, the young philosopher-warrior was the last and arguably the most potent threat to Christianity. The Last Pagan examines Julian s journey from an aristocratic Christian childhood to his initiation into pagan cults and his mission to establish paganism as the dominant faith of the Roman world. Julian s death, only two years into his reign, initiated a culture-wide suppression by the Church of all things it chose to identify as pagan. Only in recent decades, with the weakening of the Church s influence and the resurgence of paganism, have the effects of that suppression begun to wane. Drawing upon more than 700 pages of Julian s original writin
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