Julian the Apostate

Julian the ApostateAlso known as

  • Flavius Claudius Julianus


Roman Emperor. He was a son of Julius Constantius, the half-brother of Constantine the Great. He received a Christian training which was modified by his interest in neo-Platonism and other philosophy, chiefly Hellenic. In 355 he was presented to the army as Caesar and he married Helena, sister of the Emperor Constantius, who was his cousin, and was sent as Governor to Gaul. There he completely routed the Alamanni near Strasbourg, France. He demanded higher recognition and, when Constantius refused, advanced to Illyricum. Constantius died on the way to meet him, in 361; Julian advanced in triumph to Constantinople, and immediately ordered a return to pagan worship and issued many decrees against Christians. The dying words attributed to him are (of Christ): “Thou hast conquered, O Galilean.”



  • 363 in Persia of wounds received during the Persian war

Martyred by Julian

MLA Citation

  • “Julian the Apostate”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2012. Web. 28 November 2021. <http://catholicsaints.info/julian-the-apostate/>