Julian A Novel - Vintage International Author:Gore Vidal The remarkable bestseller about the fourth-century Roman emperor who famously tried to halt the spread of Christianity, Julianis widely regarded as one of Gore Vidal’s finest historical novels. — Julian the Apostate, nephew of Constantine the Great, was one of the brightest yet briefest lights in the history of the Roman Empi... more »re. A military genius on the level of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, a graceful and persuasive essayist, and a philosopher devoted to worshipping the gods of Hellenism, he became embroiled in a fierce intellectual war with Christianity that provoked his murder at the age of thirty-two, only four years into his brilliantly humane and compassionate reign. A marvelously imaginative and insightful novel of classical antiquity, Juliancaptures the religious and political ferment of a desperate age and restores with blazing wit and vigor the legacy of an impassioned ruler.« less
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I didn't want to finish this novel because I didn't want the characters to be out of my life: can't recommend it more highly than that. This is what historical fiction should be. I'd never read Vidal before; now I've already ordered another of his works.