Julian takes up the idea of his ---- Iamblichus. I'm translating and drawing a blank. It feels like I'm missing something obvious. There's got to be a better word here than 'inspirer'. I don't think 'muse' quite works either. 'Hero' is probably too much.

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    Motivator? Inspiration? – jmrpink Jul 27 '18 at 19:03
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    @jmrpink. I wondered about using inspiration for a person, but haven't come up with anything nicer. @ KannE It's the Roman emperor Julian. I actually checked to see if he could have been mentored by Iamblichus, but the latter died shortly before he was born. Perhaps I've just go to rephrase the whole thing. – S Conroy Jul 27 '18 at 19:10
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    Role model? Idol? – jmrpink Jul 27 '18 at 19:13
  • @jmrpink Role model is nice. I'll need to check if he was a role model and it wasn't just a one off thing. – S Conroy Jul 27 '18 at 19:19
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    Inspiration is a good answer -- people can definitely be an inspiration, as in August Landmesser should be an inspiration to us all. – Roger Sinasohn Jul 27 '18 at 19:41

Here are some suggestions:

  • Motivator
  • Inspiration
  • Role model
  • Idol
  • Exemplar

Here are synonyms for role model, since you liked that suggestion, from Thesaurus.com: https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/role%20model?s=t

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