“I trust Julian the Apostate”

There is a huge, complicated literature on the question of whether Constantine I ‘converted’ to the Christian faith. Sometimes the simplest argument is the best. Joseph Vogt of Tübingen says in the 1960s: “I prefer to trust Julian the Apostate’s bitter reproach to his uncle of having deserted the sun god, Helios.” That’s one line worth one thousand pages. QED.

Joseph Vogt, Tuebingen

Joseph Vogt

(Copyright: Tobias-Bild Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen)

 

Source: J. Vogt, “Pagans and Christians in the Family of Constantine the Great”, The Conflict between Paganism and Christianity in the Fourth Century (Oxford–Warburg Studies), ed. A. Momigliano (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963), 40. (Modified for extraction.)

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