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Gregory of Nazianzus, autobiographical poems

Author: Gregory, of Nazianzus Saint.; Carolinne White
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Series: Cambridge medieval classics, 6.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The autobiographical poems of Gregory of Nazianzus, fourth-century Father of the Greek Church, are remarkable not only for a highly individual picture of the Byzantine world but also for moments that are intimate, passionate and moving. This book contains Greek text and facing English translation of a selection from his one hundred or so surviving poems.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographical poetry
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Gregory, of Nazianzus, Saint.
Gregory of Nazianzus, autobiographical poems.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)607128670
Named Person: Gregory, of Nazianzus Saint; Gregory, of Nazianzus Saint; Gregory, of Nazianzus Saint.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory, of Nazianzus Saint.; Carolinne White
ISBN: 0521472814 9780521472814
OCLC Number: 34474635
Language Note: Greek with English translation on facing pages.
Description: xxix, 183 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: To his own verses (II 1.39) --
Concerning his own life (II 1.11) --
Complaint concerning his own calamities (II 1.19) --
On silence at the time of fasting (II 1.34) --
Epitaph and synopsis of his life (II 1.92).
Series Title: Cambridge medieval classics, 6.
Other Titles: Poems.
Autobiographical poems
Responsibility: translated and edited by Carolinne White.
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Abstract:

The autobiographical poems of Gregory of Nazianzus, fourth-century Father of the Greek Church, are remarkable not only for a highly individual picture of the Byzantine world but also for moments that are intimate, passionate and moving. This book contains Greek text and facing English translation of a selection from his one hundred or so surviving poems.

Gregory is best known for the five orations he gave in Constantinople but, De Vita Sua apart, his poems can only be read in a nineteenth-century Greek edition and have never before been translated into English. The selected poems highlight Gregory's spiritual outlook and also his poetics; Gregory shows his expertise in a variety of metres and literary dialects, deriving from his knowledge of classical Greek literature.

The substantial introduction provides biographical information against which to set the poems, focusing particularly on the years which Gregory spent in Constantinople.

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