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On God and Man: The Theological Poetry of St Gregory Nazianzus

Translated and introduced by Peter Gilbert

Number 21 of Popular Patristics Series

“At the end of his life, after resigning his position as Archbishop of Constantinople in the midst of the Second Ecumenical Council and returning to his native Cappadocia, St Gregory of Nazianzus (known as ‘the Theologian’) retired to a secluded life at home in an obscure, muddy village, and wrote poetry. His practice of writing poetry did not begin in these final years of his life (381-390); however, it is almost certain that most of his poetry that we possess dates from this time. And there is quite a lot of it: about 19,000 lines, occupying most of two volumes of Migne’s Patrology. The present volume presents a small portion of this vast literary production in English translation. There are numerous reasons why one might wish to read Gregory’s poems, and numerous aspects one might consider in them—literary, historical, doctrinal, devotional.”


   Brief Chronology of St Gregory’s Life
   Outlines of Major Poems
On the Father
On the Son
On the Holy Spirit
Concerning the World
On Providence
Concerning Spiritual Beings
On the Soul
On the Two Covenants, and the Appearing of Christ
On Providence
Against Apollinarius
On the Incarnation of Christ
Concerning the Genuine Books of Scripture
Another Prayer for a Safe Journey
In Praise of Virginity
A Comparison of Lives
Conversation with the World
On the Precariousness of Human Nature
On the Precariousness of Human Nature
On Human Nature
On the Cheapness of the Outward Man
On the Different Walks of Life
Blessings of Various Lives
Concerning Human Life
To His Former Congregation, Anastasia
Against a Demon
On his own Verses
Lamentation concerning the Sorrows of his own Soul
To his own Soul
Epitaph on St Basil
Select Bibliography

Item Number: BKV278
Publication Data: Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2001
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: viii + 175
Dimensions (l × w × h): 18.4 cm × 12.7 cm × 1.3 cm
ISBN: 0‒88141‒220‒1

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