In spite of several significant military accomplishments, Emperor Julian was a student first. Educated by the best teachers of his time, Julian the Philosopher wrote powerful orations, letters, and essays—some of which he composed in camps during military campaigns. As a leader, Julian was so influential that his men declared him Augustus, a title reserved for emperors, while Constantius II still reigned as the rightful ruler. Only the sudden death of Constantius prevented civil war.
Included in The Works of the Emperor Julian are his extant works, translated by Wilmer Cave Wright. These writings illuminate Julian’s sophist philosophies and pagan beliefs, offering a unique perspective on his reign as one of the world’s most powerful men. The writings of this politically and philosophically intelligent general have value for the student of history, Greek, anthropology, philosophy, or literature.
This collection contains the complete texts in their Loeb Classical Library editions. Each volume is included in its original Greek with an English translation for easy side-by-side comparison. Logos’ language tools help you to go deeper into the Greek text and explore each poet’s elegant language. Use the dictionary lookup tool to examine difficult Greek words and find every appearance of the same word in your library. There’s never been a better way for students of history, culture, and Latin literature to absorb these works.
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Flavius Claudius Julianus (ca. AD 331–363), also known as Julian the Apostate and Julian the Philosopher, was the last pagan Roman emperor, and the last emperor of the Constantinian dynasty. He was a military commander, theosophist, social reformer, and scholar. Julian was constantly learning and writing, even on his military campaigns. His success as a military leader inspired his troops to call him Augustus before he came to power as emperor, causing conflict with the rightful emperor, Constantius II. Constantius died before the conflict escalated to civil war, but not before naming Julian as his heir. During his brief reign as emperor, Julian reinstated Hellenistic polytheism as the state religion, earning him the title Julian the Apostate among Christians. He died of a wound he received in battle with Sassanid forces.