Julian and the Apostasy of the Roman Empire

Vedeshkin Mikhail A.

The article discusses the problem of Christian conversion to paganism in the Roman Empire during the short reign of Julian the Apostate. The paper offers a general characteristic of the methods by which the emperor tried to achieve the apostasy of his Christian subjects and an assessment of the effectiveness of this policy in relation to various layers of the late Roman society (bureaucracy, army, Christian clergy, representatives of the intellectual elite, ordinary citizens).

Keywords: Late Antiquity, Later Roman Empire, Christianity, paganism, emperor Julian, apostasy, conversion

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