Gregory of Nazianzus: Images and Reflections
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.
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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Knowing human misery
Rhetoric and mental images in Gregory
Gregory and the constraint of sameness
Outlining the conception of God in Gregorys
The Cappadocians on the Areopagus
Gregorys funeral orations on
The martyrdom of Gorgonia and the birth
The rhetorician as poet
Gregory and the sophists
Theosis according to Gregory
The appeal to the Cappadocian Fathers and Dionysios
Creating a philosophers family