Book Reviews

Imperial Tales

The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World by Adrian Murdoch

Sutton, 2005
(260 pages, $29.95, hardcover)

The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the Decline of the West by Adrian Murdoch

Sutton, 2006
(190 pages, $29.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Mike Aquilina

Julian, known as “the Apostate” (who ruled from 361–363), was arguably the last Roman emperor to cling to Rome’s classical heritage. Romulus Augustulus (475–476) was simply the last Roman emperor. The Scottish historian Adrian Murdoch’s two most recent books, The Last Pagan and The Last Roman, examine these two very different emperors, both of whom ruled after Christianity’s “triumph.”

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Mike Aquilina is vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (www.salvationhistory.com) and a general editor of The Catholic Vision of Love catechetical series.

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