Julian the Apostate and Theurgic Magic Revisited

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I just came across an interesting tidbit on Julian the Apostate’s connections to theurgy. Apparently, Maximus, one of the disciple’s of Iamblichus who was able to “vivicate,” that is, animate a statue of Hecate through magic, had initiated Julian the Apostate into theurgy in a subterranean temple dedicated to Hecate in Ephesus.

Is there more to the story of Julian than simply a pagan emperor who wanted to bring back the old gods?

Was his persecution of the Church part of a wider plot?

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