Flavius Claudius Julianus


Khairete, my blog readers,

A bronze coin from Antioch depicting the emper...

A coin depicting Julianus the Blessed, found in Antioch. (Image via Wikipedia

It may seem strange to see that on this Hellenistic blog my first real post is about a person with a Latin, Roman name. Yet I think that this person is one of, if not the most important historical figure in the history of Hellenismos, Religio Romana, and by extension all reconstructionist “pagan” religions. And yet he is little known in mainstream society.

The reason I’m writing this is because a grave injustice done to this Emperor. For he is most commonly known as Julian the Apostate or Julianus Apostata. The epithet “Apostate” comes from Latin and means something like “Infidel”. Infidel as in “non-Christian“. For Flavius Claudius Julianus was the last Pagan Emperor of the Roman Empire, and he did much to restore the traditional Hellenic polytheistic religion, and by extension other polytheistic traditions in the Empire, to its former glory, and he tried to bring Christianity back down to the same level as the other religions of the Imperium Romanum, and not as elevated high above with tax exempts and other privileges.

He rebuilt many temples once destroyed by Christians, and attempted to restore ancient cults and oracles to prominence. For all this he is sometimes considered to be the founder of Hellenismos, and he indeed first coined the term in a religious meaning, and he is also in a wider sense the founder of Reconstructionism as a method for religious practices. In short he ought to be considered a Hḗrōs of Hellenismos, Religio Romana, and other Reconstructionist religions, especially those of a territory once occupied by the Imperium Romanum. Continue reading

Pagan Identity Crisis 2011: My Perspective


Khairete, my dear readers!

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It seems a discussion has started throughout the “pagan blogosphere” about the meaning of the word “pagan(ism)”, it’s usage, connotations, and viability as a identifying marker for a loose collection of religious traditions, paths and practices. It seems to have started on the Patheos blogs, from where it apparently spread like wildfire across the Pagan blogosphere, the entirety of blogs about “paganism” and “pagans”. Patheos posted a blog post which sums up quite a few blogs where an article has been written about this “Pagan Identity Crisis” (term first coined by Sannion). Some of my friends also posted on it, , you can see some links to related articles underneath this blog post. Patheos made a blog post rounding up a lot more related articles, you can find that list here. Continue reading

Hypatia of Alexandria, Female Philosopher


Khairete, dear readers!

This picture is often believed to represent Hypatia, but in fact it does not; A lady, middle-late Antonine, c 161-192, encaustic on panel with gold leaf, London, British Museum, Egyptian Antiquities. - Euphrosyne Doxiadis.; The Mysterious Fayum Portraits: Faces from Ancient Egypt.; Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Today I wanted to say something about Hypatia, daughter of Theōn, of Alexandria, who was, as the title already says, a female philosopher. She was born in 350-370 CE, the exact year is unsure, and she died in march 415 CE. She was famous and well-respected among her colleagues and other people for her extraordinary virtue and insight. Her death by the hands of a christian mob sent shock waves through the Roman world of this time. Continue reading

Book Review: Hellenismos Today


Khairete everyone!

It’s been about a month now since my last post, sorry for that, I’ve been very busy lately working for my studies and such. Today, I wanted to give you some book reviews I promised in my first post. Today I wanted to say something about  “Hellenismos Today”, a book on modern Hellenismos by Timothy Jay Alexander, one of the most prominent writers of books about modern Hellenismos. He also runs one of the major forums on Hellenismos, namely the Hellenismos.us forum.

Hellenismos Today

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