Knowing the sloth of the Emperor Julian
, he persuaded the army in Sclavonia, of which he was captain, that it would be right to go to Rome and avenge the death of Pertinax, who had been killed by the praetorian soldiers; and under this pretext, without appearing to aspire to the throne, he moved the army on Rome, and reached Italy before it was known that he had started.
The long chapter 8 on Cyril of Alexandria devotes more attention to his reply to Emperor Julian
than to his anti-Nestorian writings.
and, indeed, to their pagan counterparts, men like the intellectually-gifted Emperor Julian
referred to above, Julian had, in fact, sat side-by-side with Basil and Gregory in the schoolrooms of late fourth century Athens.
The work, which took five years of research, explores the three centuries when Christianity overtook Greek paganism to become the faith of the Roman Empire, from the birth of the Galilean, Jesus Christ, to the death of the Emperor Julian
- the "Goose" who failed to restore Greek pagan religion.
David Hart has a special interest in a fine late-classical pagan, the Emperor Julian
the Apostate, who does not usually get more than a paragraph, and it is interesting to be told that Julian tried to be a Stoic in behaviour and appearance, shaggy and none too clean.
Three areas in particular stand out in this category: Martin's service in the army while still a catechumen, Martin's service under the hostile pagan emperor Julian
, and Bishop Martin's dealings with the nominally Christian emperor Maximus.
It charts the rampant spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire, which was temporarily stemmed by the fourth-century Roman Emperor Julian
, who attempted to revive moribund pantheism.
Sandwell similarly counters arguments that there was a "pagan party" in Antioch focused on the emperor Julian