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Julian (Routledge Revivals)

An Intellectual Biography, 1st Edition

By Polymnia Athanassiadi


250 pages

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Julian: An Intellectual Biography, first published in 1981, presents a penetrating and scholarly analysis of Julian’s intellectual development against the background of philosophy and religion in the late Roman Empire.

Professor Polymnia Athanassiadi tells the story of Julian’s transformation from a reclusive and scholarly adolescent into a capable general and an audacious social reformer. However, his character was fraught with a great many contradictions, tensions and inconsistencies: he could be sensitive and intelligent, but also uncontrollably spontaneous and subject to alternating fits of considerable self-pity and self-delusion.

Athanassiadi traces the Emperor Julian’s responses to personal and public challenges, and dwells on the conflicts that each weighty choice imposed on him. This analysis of Julian’s character and of all the issues that confronted him as an emperor, intellectual and mystic is based largely on contemporary evidence, with particular emphasis on the extensive writings of the man himself.

Table of Contents

Why a Reprint? Preface; Abbreviations and Notes; Introduction: Hellenism: Unity or Diversity? I. The Gardens of Alcinous II. Miles Mithrae III. Iulianus Augustus IV. Paideia V. The Priest King and the Philosopher Priest VI. Towards the Persian Campaign; Epilogue; Select Bibliography; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Rome
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
RELIGION / Ancient