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Special Topic: Julian the Apostate - 20 credits (HST038)

Julian the Apostate is famous as the last pagan emperor of the Roman world. In his short reign (AD 361–363) he attempted to turn back time by halting the imperially sponsored progress of Christianity and restore and revitalise paganism as the religion of the empire. As such he has attracted enormous attention, both from historians and artists. He provoked as much reaction in his own day, and is one of the most richly-documented of all Roman emperors, not least because he was an author himself. This option allows students to select a Julian-related topic of their own choosing.