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The autobiographical poems of Gregory of Nazianzus, fourth-century Father of the Greek Church, are notable not just for a hugely person photo of the Byzantine international but additionally for moments which are intimate, passionate and relocating. This booklet comprises Greek textual content and dealing with English translation of a range from his 100 or so surviving poems. Gregory is healthier identified for the 5 orations he gave in Constantinople. aside from the poem "De Vita Sua," his paintings can in simple terms be learn in a nineteenth-century variation and hasn't ever earlier than been translated into English.

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At last they forced me to submit (for only an oak tree could have withstood such powerful laments and arguments), but not completely, for I was pulled the opposite way by my country which is firmer in its faith than almost any beneath the sun: there to lead a life of philosophy seemed an excellent thing and also by my parents, worn out by old age and the passing of time. And so, after I had stayed in Athens a little while longer, I departed secretly, unknown to almost anyone. When I arrived home I gave a sample of my eloquence to satisfy the excessive desire of those demanding this of me as if it were a debt.

Know that even in the scriptures there is much in verse, as the wise men of the Hebrew race do tell. 1 am particularly grateful to Professors Mossay and Sicherl for their advice on the text (including the slight emendation to the text of PG in line 76) and the meaning of lines 76-7. 3 On the theme of the pretentious monkey, see U. Beuckmann, Gregor von Nazianz: Gegen die Habsucht. Einleitung und Kommentar (Studien zur Geschichte und Kultur des Altertums. NF, 2. Forschungen zu Gregor von Nazianz, 6), (Paderborn etc.

Indeed I sought to make bastard letters7 serve as assistants to the genuine ones, to prevent those becoming arrogant who had learned nothing at all apart from vain and empty glibness of tongue, (which is merely the product of sounds in the throat), and myself becoming entangled in the meshes of their sophisms. It had never occurred to me to prefer anything to the subjects I was studying, but I did undergo a common experience of hot-blooded youth when one is all too easily swayed by undisciplined forces, like a mettlesome colt galloping over the racecourse.

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