|Cranky old St Jerome|
|Tom Leppard is not Saint Leopardus|
|Neither is Leopardman|
By the fourth century, the death of most emperors triggered rebellions and wars of succession. Julian rose to prominence in one of these, shoring up Gaul and the German frontier for Emperor Constantius while rebuking his troops for their efforts to proclaim his Augustus. Constantius undiplomatic redeployment of half of Julian's army threatened to cause a war between them, but the Emperor's death resulted in Julian's elevation to the imperial throne.
|Saint Mercurius' spirit smiting Julian in Persia|
His reforms went nowhere, of course. After his death during the invasion of Persia, the pre-eminence of Christianity was restored, and then eventually codified as the sole official and legal religion in the Empire.
Poor Leopardus doesn't factor in very much. I try to imagine his life and his faith. The life must have been okay as far as slaves when. Palace slaves generally at well, slept comfortably -- some even grew wealthy and powerful. Free paupers lived much shorter, nastier lives than imperial slaves, as a rule. But the faith of Leopardus was such that he could not do something -- declare something he didn't believe or sacrifice to something he did not venerate.