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taught. No one could tutor Greek classics without espousing the philosophy and religion imbedded within them. Julian's point probably combined personal conviction with political opportunism.25 These decisionsput all Christian leaders on alert. Apollinaris the elder and his son Apollinaris (c. 315-92) of Christological fame - who taught that there could be no human mind or will in Christ because that would make him fallible - insisted that they would cast the Bible into Greek verse and dialogues. In this way, the importance of Hellenic and Hellenistic culture would sing in the minds and hearts of Christian children. Their communities had just as much right to Greek literature as did any of Julian's followers. A series of Christian theologians produced new apologies that attacked 'Julian the Apostate' with the most virulent rhetoric they could muster. The prospect of having their churches pulled down and their access to Greek paideia denied was terrifying. Some scholars have considered Gregory Nazianzen's two orations against Julian to be exceptionally skilled invective.26 The hatred of Christians for Julian, however, is most clearly seen in how Sozomen dealt with the emperor's fatal campaign in Persia. He quoted the pagan Libanius who insisted that a Christian among his own troops killed Julian. The tale, true or not, was told with pride in some Christian circles.27

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