Gregory of Nazianzus: Images and Reflections

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Jostein Børtnes, Tomas Hägg
Museum Tusculanum Press, 2006 - 349 páginas

Gregory of Nazianzus (ca. 330-390) is one of the three Greek church fathers from Cappadocia. This book explores both his theology - which earned him the honorary title "the Theologian" - and his general importance as an independent thinker, prolific writer, orator, and poet.


Gregory has often been in the shadow of the other Cappadocians, Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa. This book demonstrates his central position in the formation of a hellenized Christian culture as well as his topicality today. More than any other ancient personality, save perhaps for Cicero and Augustine, Gregory recreates his inner life in his writings, and allows us to participate directly in the exciting intellectual and emotional climate of late antiquity.

The reader is offered illuminating discussions of Gregory's exposition of the Trinity, his doctrine of deification, his theory of mental images, and his view of the ideal human self. Other contributions take his funeral orations, letters, and autobiographical poetry as points of departure for the study of family relations, gender attitudes, educational ideals, and literary accomplishments. In addition, light is shed on Gregory's seldom-studied poetical oeuvre and his impact on Byzantine theology and literature.

The contributors are international specialists in patristics, church history, philosophy, Classical and Byzantine studies, and literary rhetoric.

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Acknowledgements
7
Knowing human misery
19
Rhetoric and mental images in Gregory
37
Gregory and the constraint of sameness
59
Outlining the conception of God in Gregorys
83
The Cappadocians on the Areopagus
113
Gregorys funeral orations on
133
The martyrdom of Gorgonia and the birth
153
The rhetorician as poet
193
Gregory and the sophists
213
Autobiography
239
Theosis according to Gregory
257
The appeal to the Cappadocian Fathers and Dionysios
271
Bibliography
297
Contributors
323
General index
343

Creating a philosophers family
171

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Sobre o autor (2006)

Jostein Børtnes is Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Tomas Hägg is Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Bergen, Norway.

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