Gregory of Nazianzus (3646 words)

Suzanne Abrams Rebillard (Cornell University )
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Gregory of Nazianzus (c.330–c.390) was a Christian bishop from Cappadocia (in present-day central Turkey), who served briefly as bishop of Constantinople (379–381CE). He is regarded as one of the most eloquent rhetorical writers of the patristic period (second to fifth centuries CE). He composed prose and poetry, both of which are still part of Orthodox liturgies today. Gregory’s forceful arguments laying claim to the classical tradition for Christians and his seamless incorporation of classical works into a growing Christian literary culture were instrumental in ensuring the survival of those earlier writings and shaping late ancient and Byzantine literature, and later homiletics. The autobiographical detail and …

Citation: Abrams Rebillard, Suzanne. "Gregory of Nazianzus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13939, accessed 24 September 2020.]

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