Julian the Apostate

(331 - 363)

The Roman emperor Julian the Apostate, nephew of the first Christian Roman emperor Constantine, was baptized as a Christian and raised by a bishop, but converted to paganism in 351. When he came to power in 361, he proclaimed religious freedom, but began persecuting Christians shortly thereafter. He imagined himself the head of the pagan hierarchy, banishing bishops, burning churches, and proclaiming that Christianity was riddled with fables and falsehoods. On his deathbed he said, “I die without remorse, as I have lived without guilt.”

 

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