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Fabulous Book About Emperor Julian,
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This review is from: Julian the Apostate (Paperback)
Bowersock's book is a thoughtful account of the life of Julian II. It is filled with insight and is very even-handed in presentation. It is easy to overlook Julian's less desirable characteristics (much like Gore Vidal did, but that was fiction) and turn him into a tragic hero. There is not a wasted sentence in this book, and it is very readable. In short: an excellent portrait. I wish that Mr. Bowerstock had added a chapter describing the background of the 4th century but this is a minor objection.