The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World by Adrian Murdoch
(260 pages, $29.95, hardcover)
The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the Decline of the West by Adrian Murdoch
(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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