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Julian (A.D. 331–363), 4th-century Roman emperor, known as The Apostate (the traitor). He was the last ruler to oppose the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire. The nephew of Constantine I, Julian rejected his Christian education and tried to promote worship of the Roman gods after becoming emperor in 361. He prevented Christians from teaching in Roman schools, but his death in battle against the Persians 2 years later ended the persecutions.

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