by Evropa Soberana
“Why were you so ungrateful to our gods as to desert them for the Jews?” —Julian, addressing the Christians
The Emperor Julian as the last flick of the tail of Rome
While Europe is in this lamentable state, and all hope seems lost, there is a last representative figure of the ancestral tradition: the Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus (331-363), whom Christians will call Julian the Apostate, for having rejected Christianity (in which he was educated) and advocated a return to the past.
Julian restored the old ways in 361, organized religious practices to oppose the Christian Church, and proclaimed benevolence towards the Hellenists. In 362, he ordered to destroy the tomb of Jesus in Samaria.
Julian was a philosopher, ascetic, artist, Neo-Platonist, Stoic, strategist, man of letters, mystic and soldier. In wars, he always accompanied his legions, suffering the same privations and calamities as a foot infantry soldier. It is said that this emperor had a vision in dreams before his death: The imperial eagle of Rome (solar symbol of Jupiter) leaves Rome and flies towards the East, where he takes refuge in the highest mountains in the world. After sleeping for two millennia, he wakes up and returns to the West with a sacred symbol between his legs, and is acclaimed by the people of the empire.
In 363, in full campaign against the empire of the Emperor Shapur II, Julian is killed by a stabbing in the back by a Christian infiltrated in his ranks.
The last emperor who was an adept of classical culture was also the man who, trying to avoid the end, envisioned a new beginning. It belongs to that mysterious list of great men born too late or too soon.
After this last announcement of future resurrection, Rome is already eaten up, rotten, cursed. It has gone from a coarse, forceful, natural and Spartan spirit to a decadent, cosmopolitan, promiscuous, pseudo-sophisticated and complacent world with slaves—and from there to the Christian creed. Now nothing will save Rome from the final, galloping decay.
Emperor Julian (331-363). From now on, we will see how
the statues of the Roman emperors gradually degenerate.