Friday, May 20, 2016


Who Is the Apostate?

The Roman Emperor Julian is usually called the Apostate, for rejecting the Christian religion in which he was raised. But in a sly dig, Anatole France (1844-1924), The White Stone, tr. Charles E. Roche (London: John Lane, 1905), p. 136, called the Emperor Constantine the Apostate, because he abandoned the pagan religion of his forefathers in favor of Christianity:
The Emperor Julian, who restored to the Empire its old religion, which had been abolished by Constantine the Apostate, is justly regarded as an opponent of the Galilean.
The French:
L'empereur Julien, qui rétablit la vieille religion de l'Empire abolie par Constantin l'Apostat, passe avec raison pour un adversaire du Galiléen.

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