No doubt, if Julian had wanted to be simply Emperor, he should and could
have given up completely those mockings and stopped his subtle jesting.
Having remained a philosopher, however, he could not abandon philosophic
pedagogy; in addressing his writings only to a mature elite, he took care
that the tradition of what was for him the (discursive) truth should not
be interrupted. The camouflaged mocking which escapes the vulgar permits
the selection of strong minds who understand such ironies without being
shocked by them, and who thus reveal that they are not so enslaved by prejudices
as to be unapt to receive, perhaps with some benefit, a philosophic instruction
which will itself be given them only between
the lines for the same reason of selection and secrecy.
"Emperor Julian and the Art of Writing"