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The advocacy of an empress: Julian and Eusebia

Tougher, Shaun Fitzroy 1998. The advocacy of an empress: Julian and Eusebia. Classical Quarterly 48 (2) , pp. 595-599. 10.1093/cq/48.2.595

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The importance of the role of the empress Eusebia1 in the watershed years (354–5) of the life of Julian is not in question. The narrative runs as follows. When Julian was summoned to Milan in 354 to the court of his Christian cousin Constantius (337–61) in the aftermath of the execution of his half-brother Gallus for treason and was questioned about his loyalty to the emperor, it was the empress who secured an audience for him with the emperor and who effected his liberation in 355. His subsequent residency at Athens was also the suggestion of the empress. Not much later in the same year, when Julian was again recalled to the court at Milan to be appointed Caesar on 6 November, the empress supported his promotion, if not indeed being the very proponent of it. Thus began Julian's imperial career, which led him to succeed Constantius as emperor in 361.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Additional Information: This paper was first delivered to the Postgraduate Society of the School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 21/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0009-8388
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:39

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