Julian, Philosopher and Emperor: And the Last Struggle of Paganism against Christianity

Julian, Philosopher and Emperor: And the Last Struggle of Paganism against Christianity

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Julian, Philosopher and Emperor: And the Last Struggle of Paganism against Christianity

Julian, Philosopher and Emperor: And the Last Struggle of Paganism against Christianity

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The responsibility of including Julian among the Heroes of the Nations rests with the Editors of this Series. For myself I would only say that Julian has been a most fascinating figure to me from early youth, and that his character has lost none of its attractiveness with the more serious study of later years, while his relations to his times have seemed to me to grow more and more instructive in many ways. Julian is not well known to the reading public at the present day, though Mr. Rendall's able little book, written from a point of view somewhat different from mine, ought to have helped to set him in a clearer light.

It is always a pleasant task to acknowledge one's obligations to those who have helped one's work by counsel, criticism, or direction. I must be allowed in the first place to express my thanks to my brothers, Professor Percy Gardner of Oxford, and Mr. Ernest Gardner of the British Archæological School at Athens: the former for much general advice, and for assistance in selecting the illustrations; the latter for very useful criticisms while the work was in manu-

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