Gregory of Nazianzus: Poemata Arcana: Poemeta Arcana

Hardcover | December 1, 1991

bySt Gregory of NazianzusEditorC. MoreschiniIntroduction byD. A. Sykes

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Known as "the Theologian", St Gregory of Nazianzus (in the eastern part of Turkey) is, with St Basil and St Gregory of Nyssa, one of the celebrated Cappadocian Fathers of the fourth-century Christian Church. Highly educated in both Christian theology and classical Greek literature, he foundhimself torn between a solitary, contemplative life and the reluctantly accepted, though in actuality relished, public figure of bishop, vigorous in defence of orthodoxy against the attacks of the Arians. He was even, briefly, Bishop of Constantinople and chairman of the Council in 381 whichproduced what we now know as the Nicene Creed. This edition of his poems brings together his theological acumen in a formative period and shows his ability to operate in the genre of didactic verse going back to the eighth century BC. The poems cover a range of topics, from the strictly theologicalto others dealing more broadly with the creation of the world, providence, the world of spiritual beings, and the human soul. They give a unique new insight both on the theological ideas of the period and on the uneasy emergence of Christian culture from the pagan past.

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Known as 'the Theologian', St Gregory of Nazianzus is, with St Basil and St Gregory of Nyssa, one of the celebrated Cappadocian Fathers of the fourthcentury Christian Church. Highly educated in both Christian theology and classical Greek literature, he found himself torn between a solitary, contemplative life and the reluctantly accept...

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Known as "the Theologian", St Gregory of Nazianzus (in the eastern part of Turkey) is, with St Basil and St Gregory of Nyssa, one of the celebrated Cappadocian Fathers of the fourth-century Christian Church. Highly educated in both Christian theology and classical Greek literature, he foundhimself torn between a solitary, contemplative...

C. Moreschini is at University of Pisa. D. A. Sykes is at Mansfield College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:December 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Known as 'the Theologian', St Gregory of Nazianzus is, with St Basil and St Gregory of Nyssa, one of the celebrated Cappadocian Fathers of the fourthcentury Christian Church. Highly educated in both Christian theology and classical Greek literature, he found himself torn between a solitary, contemplative life and the reluctantly accepted, though in actuality relished, public figure of bishop - vigorous in the defence of orthodoxy against the attacks of the Arians. He was even, briefly, bishop of Constantinople and chairman of the council in 381 which produced what we know as the Nicene Creed. This, the first modern edition of his poems, brings together his theological acumen in a formative period and shows his ability to operate in the genre of didactic verse going back the the eighth century BC. The poems cover a range of topics, from the strictly theological to others dealing more broadly with the creation of the world, providence, the world of spiritual beings, and the human soul. They give a unique new insight into both the theological ideas of the period and

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`It is always a pleasure to greet a new critical edition of patristic writings ... if Sykes' translation is not always perfectly graceful or clear, his work in the commentary as a textual scholar is of monumental value, shedding useful light at every step ... In bringing us these poems, bothin the original Greek and in translation, and in providing a commentary produced by a uniquely qualified scholar in St. Gregory's poetic work, this edition is a service to patristic scholarship.'Peter Bouteneff, St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly