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The Last Pagan by Adrian Murdoch
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Jun 14, 2010

it was ok

I must say this book reminded me why I always so disliked Roman history--nothing but military campaigns and political intrigue all the time. I don't know what I expected here, however, I didn't get it. This was a competent rehash of the history of the period, leaning heavily on Julian's own writings. It also focused on the treatment of Julian as an historical and literary figure through the ages. Despite so much of Julian's writing surviving, it was still hard to know or grasp the origin and fervency of his religious beliefs. And he was emperor for such a short period of time that I seriously doubt he made inroads at all into the march to dominance of Christianity. I suppose if he weren't technically the last pagan emperor of Rome, he'd be mostly overlooked. I feel like Gore Vidal did a better job, even though it was fictional, of helping me understand this complex person.

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June 14, 2010 – Started Reading
June 14, 2010 – Shelved
June 14, 2010 –
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July 2, 2010 – Finished Reading

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