- May 2011
- Rural Australia
My agenda is that of an investigator of the Christian Revolution of the 4th century which was in the rule of the Emperor Julian temporarily suspended.Well you plainly do have an anti-Christian agenda, you hardly post here about anything else; that doesn't mean of course that what you post is necessarily mistaken!
My agenda is not with the Christians of the 21st century but the historical evidence of the Christians of the 4th century.
I am seriously questioning the historical integrity of the mass of Christian produced literary sources of that epoch.
If this is viewed as an anti-Christian agenda then please be aware that it is qualified.
Julian produced a great range of literary output the fragments of which are now conveniently preserved in the three Loeb volumes.But I wasn't basing my notion that Julian was a crank on any fabricated accounts by Christian authors.
Do you regard all these works as the product of a crank or just one or more of them, for example "Misopogon". Julian in modern scholarly articles is quite often viewed as a philosopher, and a highly educated one at that. How do you reconcile such views with the claim that Julian's own writings show him to be a crank?
Julian, Volume I — Julian | Harvard University Press
Julian (Flavius Claudius Iulianus) “the Apostate,” Roman Emperor, lived 331 or 332 to 363 CE. Born and educated in Constantinople as a Christian, after a precarious childhood he devoted himself to literature and philosophy and became a pagan, studying in various Greek cities. In 355 his cousin Emperor Constantius called him from Athens to the court at Milan, entitled him “Caesar,” and made him governor of Gaul. Julian restored Gaul to prosperity and good government after the ravages of the Alamanni (he overthrew them at the battle of Strassburg in 357) and other Germans. Between 357 and 361 Julian’s own soldiers, refusing to serve in the East at Constantius’s orders, nearly involved Julian in war with Constantius—who however died in 361 so that Julian became sole Emperor of the Roman world. He began many reforms and proclaimed universal toleration in religion but pressed for the restoration of the older pagan worships. In 362–363 he prepared at Constantinople and then at Antioch for his expedition against Persia ruled by Shapur II. He died of a wound received in desperate battle.
Julian’s surviving works (lost are his Commentaries on his western campaigns), all in Greek, are given in the Loeb Classical Library in three volumes. The eight Orations (1–5 in Volume I, 6–8 in Volume II) include two in praise of Constantius, one praising Constantius’s wife Eusebia, and two theosophical hymns (in prose) or declamations, of interest for studies in neo-Platonism, Mithraism, and the cult of the Magna Mater in the Roman world. The satirical Caesars and Misopogon (Beard-Hater), are also in Volume II. The Letters (more than eighty, in Volume III) include edicts or rescripts, mostly about Christians; encyclical or pastoral letters to priests; and private letters. Lastly in Volume III are the fragments of the work Against the Galilaeans (the Christians), written mainly to show that evidence for the idea of Christianity is lacking in the Old Testament.