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Julian's gods : religion and philosophy in the thought and action of Julian the Apostate

Author: Rowland Smith
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1995.
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Focuses on the mentality of 'the last pagan emperor' by examining a wide variety of his writings. The surviving speeches and treatises, satires and letters, offer a rare insight into the personal  Read more...

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Named Person: Julian, Emperor of Rome; Julian, Emperor of Rome; Julien, (empereur romain ;; Julien, (empereur romain ;; Julien, (empereur romain ;; Julian, Emperor of Rome
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rowland Smith
ISBN: 0415034876 9780415034876
OCLC Number: 32203522
Description: xvii, 300 p. ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Rowland Smith.
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1. Introduction: The Emperor and the Writer 1 The life and reign of Emperor Julian 1 Julian in his writings and the enquiry of “Julian’s Gods” 9 2. Julian’s Education and Philosophic Ideal 23 An education in Greek culture 23 The philosophic ideal 36 3. Philosophy in Practice: The Invectives Against Cynics 49 The cultural setting of the polemics 52 The arguments of “Against the Uneducated Cynics” 62 Cynics and the programme of Hellenism 79 4. The Chaldaean Oracles and Neoplatonist Theurgy 91 The composition and intellectual milieu of the Chaldaean Oracles 92 Doctrines and rituals of salvation in the Chaldaean Oracles 96 Iamblichan theurgy 104 5. The Mysteries I: Julian as Initiate 114 Mystery cults and their appeal 117 Julian as initiate: the Mysteries of Mithras and Cybele 124 6. The Mysteries II: Doctrines in the Hymns and the Piety of Public Cult 139 The doctrines of “To King Helios” and “To the Mother of the Gods” 139 The cults of Mithras and Cybele and the gods of the Roman States 163 7. The Apostate Against the Christians 179 Julian’s conversion 180 The anti-Christian critique: Against the Galilaeans 189 The anti-Christian politics of Julian 207 Envoi 219 Notes 225 Select Bibliography 286 Index 294

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