Sallustius or Sallust ("//; "Ancient Greek: Σαλούστιος Saloustios) was a 4th-century writer, a friend of the Roman Emperor "Julian. He wrote the treatise On the Gods and the Cosmos, a kind of catechism of 4th-century "Hellenic paganism.
Sallustius' work owes much to that of "Iamblichus of Chalcis, who synthesized "Platonism with "Pythagoreanism and "theurgy, and also to Julian's own philosophical writings. The treatise is quite concise, and generally free of the lengthy metaphysical theorizing of the more detailed Neoplatonic texts. Its aim is in part "to parry the usual onslaughts of Christian polemic" in the face of "Christianity's growing preeminence, and "me[e]t theology with theology".
Sallustius' exact identity is a matter of some uncertainty. By some he is identified as Flavius Sallustius (a native of "Spain who was "praetorian prefect of Gaul from 361 until 363 and Julian's colleague as "consul in 363), by others with "Saturninius Secundus Salutius (died after 367 AD, a native of "Gaul who was praetorian prefect of the "Orient in 361). The latter is said to have been offered the purple, but declined it, after Julian's death.
|"Consul of the "Roman Empire
with "Julian the Apostate