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The remarkable bestseller about the Roman emperor who famously tried to halt the spread of Christianity, Julian is widely regarded as one of Gore Vidal's finest historical novels.

Julian the Apostate, nephew of Constantine the Great, was one of the brightest yet briefest lights in the history of the Roman Empire. A military genius on the level of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, a graceful and persuasive essayist, and a philosopher devoted to restoring the gods of Hellenism, he became embroiled in a fierce intellectual war with Christianity that provoked his murder at the age of thirty-two, only four years into his brilliantly humane and compassionate reign. A marvelously imaginative and insightful novel of classical antiquity, Julian captures the religious and political ferment of a desperate age and restores with blazing wit and vigor the legacy of an impassioned ruler.

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"High entertainment." The New York Times Book Review

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"A subtle, provoking, enthralling book....Vidal's ability to invoke a world is amazing." The Christian Science Monitor

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"Simply great....A truly monumental novel." Associated Press

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"A real hero....An excellent book." Chicago Daily News

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"No odder figure ever guided the destinies of the Roman Empire than the Emperor Julian Augustus. Here was a recluse and a scholar who became a great military leader, an ascetic who preached the life of the senses, a fatalist who believed he would remake the world....He is endlessly fascinating." Time

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"Historical fiction in the true, honorable sense....Full of vivid, richly wrought fictional detail." The Wall Street Journal

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"Impressive....To the formidable task which Vidal sets himself, he brings an easy and fluent gift for narrative; a theatrical sense of scene and dramatic occasion; and a revealing eye and ear for character delineation — to say nothing of wide reading." Newsweek

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"Gore Vidal has the sharpest sense of what political power consists of, how it is achieved and what it does to a man. And at the same time he is funny, roaringly funny....Julian is a brilliant beacon of light in the dim grey landscape of the historical novel." Louis Auchincloss

Synopsis:

The remarkable bestseller about the fourth-century Roman emperor who famously tried to halt the spread of Christianity, Julian is widely regarded as one of Gore Vidals finest historical novels.

Julian the Apostate, nephew of Constantine the Great, was one of the brightest yet briefest lights in the history of the Roman Empire. A military genius on the level of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, a graceful and persuasive essayist, and a philosopher devoted to worshipping the gods of Hellenism, he became embroiled in a fierce intellectual war with Christianity that provoked his murder at the age of thirty-two, only four years into his brilliantly humane and compassionate reign. A marvelously imaginative and insightful novel of classical antiquity, Julian captures the religious and political ferment of a desperate age and restores with blazing wit and vigor the legacy of an impassioned ruler.

About the Author

Gore Vidal was born in 1925 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was nineteen years old and serving in the Army, appeared in the spring of 1946. Since then he has written twenty-three novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over two hundred essays, and a memoir.

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PinkiePunkerton, October 30, 2006 (view all comments by PinkiePunkerton)
This book makes the life of Julian the Apostate accessible to the everyday reader, without prior knowledge of Julian's history. It is a good read, and recommended to anyone with an interest in Roman history, and Paganism vs. Christianity, in particular.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375727061
Author:
Vidal, Gore
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Emperors
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
TA 62
Publication Date:
August 12, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.2 in 0.8 lb

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Product details 528 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375727061 Reviews:
"Review" by , "High entertainment."
"Review" by , "A subtle, provoking, enthralling book....Vidal's ability to invoke a world is amazing."
"Review" by , "Simply great....A truly monumental novel."
"Review" by , "A real hero....An excellent book."
"Review" by , "No odder figure ever guided the destinies of the Roman Empire than the Emperor Julian Augustus. Here was a recluse and a scholar who became a great military leader, an ascetic who preached the life of the senses, a fatalist who believed he would remake the world....He is endlessly fascinating."
"Review" by , "Historical fiction in the true, honorable sense....Full of vivid, richly wrought fictional detail."
"Review" by , "Impressive....To the formidable task which Vidal sets himself, he brings an easy and fluent gift for narrative; a theatrical sense of scene and dramatic occasion; and a revealing eye and ear for character delineation — to say nothing of wide reading."
"Review" by , "Gore Vidal has the sharpest sense of what political power consists of, how it is achieved and what it does to a man. And at the same time he is funny, roaringly funny....Julian is a brilliant beacon of light in the dim grey landscape of the historical novel."
"Synopsis" by , The remarkable bestseller about the fourth-century Roman emperor who famously tried to halt the spread of Christianity, Julian is widely regarded as one of Gore Vidals finest historical novels.

Julian the Apostate, nephew of Constantine the Great, was one of the brightest yet briefest lights in the history of the Roman Empire. A military genius on the level of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, a graceful and persuasive essayist, and a philosopher devoted to worshipping the gods of Hellenism, he became embroiled in a fierce intellectual war with Christianity that provoked his murder at the age of thirty-two, only four years into his brilliantly humane and compassionate reign. A marvelously imaginative and insightful novel of classical antiquity, Julian captures the religious and political ferment of a desperate age and restores with blazing wit and vigor the legacy of an impassioned ruler.

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