Emperor and Author:
The Writings of Julian 'the Apostate'
By Nicholas J. Baker-Brian and Shaun Tougher (Eds.)
ISBN 13: 9781905125500, hardback, 380pp, 2012, GB £55
 
This volume offers the first comprehensive analysis in English of all the writings of Julian (r. AD 361-363), the last pagan emperor of Rome, noted for his frontal and self-conscious challenge to Christianity. The book also contains treatments of Julian's laws, inscriptions, coinage, as well as his artistic programme. Across nineteen papers, international specialists in the field of Late Antique Studies offer original interpretations of an extraordinary figure: emperor and philosopher, soldier and accomplished writer. Julian, his life and writings, are here considered as parts of the tumult in politics, culture and religion during the Fourth Century AD. New light is shed on Julian's distinctive literary style and imperial agenda. The volume also includes an up-to-date, consolidated bibliography.
 

Contents

Introduction - Nicholas Baker-Brian and Shaun Tougher

1 Julian the writer and his audience - Susanna Elm

2 Reading between the lines: Julianís First Panegyric on Constantius - Shaun Tougher

3 ĎBut I digress...í: Rhetoric and propaganda in Julianís second oration to Constantius - Hal Drake

4 Is there an empress in the text? Julianís Speech of Thanks to Eusebia - Liz James

5 Julianís Consolation to Himself on the Departure of the Excellent Salutius: Rhetoric and philosophy in the fourth century - Josef LŲssl

6 The tyrantís mask? Images of good and bad rule in Julianís Letter to the Athenians - Mark Humphries

7 Julianís Letter to Themistius Ė and Themistiusí response? - John W. Watt

8 The emperorís shadow: Julian in his correspondence - Michael Trapp

9 Julian the lawgiver - Jill Harries

10 Words and deeds: Julian in the epigraphic record - Benet Salway

11 Julian and his coinage: a very Constantinian prince - Fernando Lůpez SŠnchez

12 Roman authority, imperial authoriality, and Julianís artistic program - Eric R. Varner

13 Julianís Hymn to the Mother of the Gods: the revival and justification of traditional religion - J. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz

14 Julianís Hymn to King Helios: the economical use of complex Neoplatonic concepts - Andrew Smith

15 The forging of an Hellenic orthodoxy: Julianís speeches against the Cynics - Arnaldo Marcone

16 The Christian context of Julianís Against the Galileans - David Hunt

17 The politics of virtue in Julianís Misopogon - Nicholas Baker-Brian

18 The Caesars of Julian the Apostate in translation and reception, 1580Ėca. 1800 - Rowland Smith

19 Afterword: Studying Julian the author - Jacqueline Long