The Personality of Julian the Apostate

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Julian built a solid foundation for the successes he had as Caesar. It was not by sheer luck that he managed to beat back the barbarians in Gaul. But to understand the reasons for his success, we have to look at the habits of the man. How did he live? How did he use his newfound power? How did he use his time? Not only do these questions reveal the reasons for his success, they also reveal personality of the man.
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How Barbarians Forced a Scholar to be a Caesar

Nobody expected Julian to do well as Caesar. All his life he had been nothing more than a scholar and a bookworm. What did he know about waging war or running an empire? With this in mind, the emperor Constantius II made sure that Julian’s chief officials reported to him. Although this curtailed Julian’s powers, it was better than losing the western empire. But all this caution was for naught. In the end, Julian proved his worth as a Caesar within a year of his ascension. Find out how he did so.
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How a scholar became Caesar

Flavius Claudius Julianus, known to posterity as Julian the Apostate was the sole emperor of the Roman Empire from 361-363. During his reign, he tried to revive the old pagan practices in place of Christianity. His pagan beliefs and actions earned him his famous nickname. But Julian did not seek the throne. Constantius II forced it on him. All Julian wanted to do was to study. Read on to find out the chain of events that led him to become Caesar.
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