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Before the world took a step backwards towards Christianity,
This review is from: Julian (Paperback)
Gore Vidal brings the Roman Empire of the 4th century to life. The best parts of the book are early on when Julian is more of a philosopher than a soldier, and Julian puts up a good case against the various absurdities of the rising Christian religion. Those absurdities are still with us 1700 years later. I'm an atheist but if I had to choose I'd rather worship the Greek gods than the Christian God. Even in the 4th century the Christians were fighting amongst themselves. Is God a triple God (Father, son and Holy Ghost) or was Jesus mortal ? Who cares, certainly not Emperor Julian, a man of integrity and learning who attempted to hold back Christianity. I wish he'd succeeded, the world's civilisations may have advanced more quickly if he had. Gore Vidal has put a lot of effort into the research for this book, but it is very accessible to the non-historians amongst us.