This was the first of Mr. Ford's books I read and I found it easy to read, a real pleasure. His style is straightforward and the story flows unencumbered. It was interesting to read his interpretation of the character of this fascinating emperor--between madness and brilliancy, repudiating Christianity and embracing the barbaric rituals of polytheism of his childhood. His depictions of battles are realistic and one gets engulfed into the mellée. Cesarius' role is quite interesting and his participation in the denouément of Julian's drama is quite interesting. It was also refreshing to find his narrative devoid of the things that plague modern writers, the "mainstream" topics that have been forced upon readers, such as the depiction of homosexuality as something normal. (Oh, yes, I expect to be attacked by the Thought Police for that.) I enjoyed his portrayal of Christians not as rabid monsters, but as humans. I highly recommend this book to people who like History and are tired of Christian bashing.
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