Sicilian-born philosopher, esotericist, cultural historian and social critic Baron Julius Evola was the leading Italian theorist of the Traditionalist School of political thought. A prominent exponent of Italian Idealism and, as painter and poet, one of the founders of Dadaism, Evola authored numerous works on alchemy, magic, Oriental philosophy, mysticism and Tradition, best known among which are the trilogy

Revolt Against the Modern World


Men among the Ruins


Ride the Tiger

. Though critical of Italian Fascism he is widely seen as an

éminence grise

in the regime of Benito Mussolini, and he remains a major intellectual influence on certain strands of far-right, conservative and reactionary politics.

Born Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola on May 19th, 1898, into an affluent Sicilian family,

2357 words

Citation: Horrox, James. "Julius Evola". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 July 2011 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

12998 Julius Evola 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.