Julian the Apostate

4:30 PM, Friday November 12, 2010

Location: Ryerson
Talk by Dan Iopollo
Abstract

Emperor Julian (aka “Julian the Apostate”) was the last pagan ruler of Rome. His paganism is significant because he reigned in the mid fourth century – after Constantine initiated the cultural reversal that would elevate Christianity to favored status within the empire. In this talk I will give an outline of Julian’s biography and present some of the key arguments in his anti-Christian treatise “Against the Galileans.” By observing what considerations Julian takes to count against Christianity I hope to show what it was that motivated die-hard pagan intellectuals to persist in their beliefs even as it become clear that the Empire would soon be dominated by Christians.

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One Response to “Julian the Apostate”

  1. Historyscientist Says:

    I am not so sure it was that obvious that Christianity would persist. If Julian had reigned as long as Constantine he might well have been able to turn the tide.

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