Julian the Apostate

Julian the Apostate

Birth
Turkey
Death 26 Jun
Iraq
Burial Mersin, Mersin, Turkey
Memorial ID 37038391 · View Source
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Roman Emperor. He was born in 331 AD and was bought up by the eunuch Mardonius and the pagan philosopher Nicocles. He was later sent to the castle of Macellum in Cappadocia for Christian teaching, but was always determined to restore the Empire to paganism. He was made a state prisoner of the Emperor Constantius II, but the Empress Eusebia gave him permission to visit Athens in 355 AD where he converted completely to paganism. He was made Caesar in 355 AD and sent to Gaul as a soldier and administrator, and while there he retook Cologne from the occupying Frankish forces. Over the next few years he also fought successful campaigns in Germany, before being asked to take his army to Mesopotamia. During this expedition his army mutinied and proclaimed him Emperor. The Emperor Constantius II died in 361 AD while marching to put down his rebellion. On coming to power he began to worship openly as a pagan, portraying himself as being under the protection of Zeus. He commanded the reopening of pagan temples, revoked the rights of Christians and demanded the repayment of money given to the Church. In 362 AD he went to Antioch to prepare for war with Persia, and while there he wrote books condemning Christianity. In 363 AD, after some initial military success, he was fatally wounded by an arrow, and was buried at Tarsus, Turkey.

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