Gregory of Nazianzus

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-04-19
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Gregory of Nazianzus, a complex and colorful figure living during a crucial age in which it was permissible for the first time to be a public Christian intellectual (4th Century AD), was well placed to become one of the outstanding defenders and formulators of Trinitarian orthodoxy. A gifted and skilled rhetorician, poet, and orator, as well as a profound theologian, Gregory was ordained a bishop and served as head of the orthodox Christian community in Constantinople, where he played an important role in formulating the classical doctrines of the Trinity and the person of Christ. Under fire from opponents in the Church, the enigmatic Gregory soon retreated into a quiet life of study and simple asceticism, concentrating on quiet meditation and strengthening his canon of literature. Gregory's body of works, comprising poetry, letters, sermons and lectures on religious themes and written with the terseness and elegance of classical Greek literature, was canonized in the Byzantine age as equal to thegreatest Greek writers before him. A collection of new translations of a selection of these achievements in literature and theology, with an extensive introduction to Gregory's life, thought, and writings, Gregory Nazianzus portrays a vivid picture of a fascinating character of vital importance; who deserves to be regarded as the first true Christian humanist.

Table of Contents

Gregory the Man
Gregory the Humanist
Gregory the Philosopher
Gregory the Theologian
Gregory the Priest
These Translations
Oration 8, On his Sister Gorgonia
Oration 14, On Loving the Poor
Oration 20, On Theology, and the Appointment of Bishops
Oration 26, About Himself, on his Return from the Country
Oration 38, On the Theophany
Oration 39, On the Holy Lights
Oration 42, Farewell Address
Oration 44, For "New Sunday"
On his Own Verses
A Hym
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