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Julian (Julianus, Flavius Claudius) – (331-363 AD) Roman emperor (361-363 AD)
Julian is known as ‘The Apostate’ because he refused to believe in a Christian God, and when he was Emperor from 361 to 363, he discouraged Christians wherever he could, largely by granting freedom of expression to believers in other religions.
As a young man and nephew of Constantine the Great, he stood in some danger when the civil war between Constantine’s sons broke out in 337. He spent years in quiet and devoted study of philosophy, Greek, science and other things, so that he became known as a ‘swot’. Then in 355, when he was 24, he was appointed Caesar, that is, deputy Emperor. All of a sudden he demonstrated amazing powers of leadership, not unlike those of the great Julius Caesar himself, and won several major battles against the Germans.
In 361 he became Emperor, and led an expedition against Persia, but he was killed after a great battle near Ctesiphon. It is thought he may have been murdered by one of his generals who was a Christian and did not like Julian’s toleration of other sects.
Julian (Julianus, Flavius Claudius)