The Christian’s Guide to Greek Culture

The Pseudo-Nonnus ‘Commentaries’ on ‘Sermons’ 4, 5, 39 and 43 by Gregory of Nazianus

Translated with commentary by Jennifer Nimmo Smith

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ISBN: 9780853239178

Publication: October 1, 2001

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 37

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The Commentaries translated here, dating from the sixth century, show the persisting survival of Greek learning in an increasingly Christianised world. The work takes the form of a series of explanations and glosses of classical references in Gregory’s original Sermons. Although the author uses an elementary technique of the schools to structure his text, which has little in the way of eloquence or literary art, there is a striking single-mindededness and confidence in his explanations. Some of the information given is inaccurate, and the author is not averse to rewriting texts that he cannot explain. Nonetheless, the work displays a lively interest in Greek learning, and presents a fascinating insight into the attitude of one particular Christian to its continuing validity.

Abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction The Pseudo-Nonnus Commentaries: translation and notes Commentary on Sermon 4 Commentary on Sermon 5 Commentary on Sermon 39 Commentary on Sermon 43 Appendices Appendix I Additional stories found in some witnesses at the end of Commentary 5 Appendix 2 Stories listed in order of appearance in the Commentaries Select Bibliography Indices Index of ancient authors, general sources and proverbs Index of etymologies Index of historical figures Index of constellations, mythological deities, heroes and monsters, pagan cults and sacred animals Index of peoples and places Index of principal themes The Topography of the Commentaries Map I The 'World-view' of the Commentaries Map 2 The 'Western Sea' and its environs Map 3 Mainland Greece

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 147 mm

192 Pages

Copyright: © 2001

ISBN: 9780853239178

Publication: October 1, 2001

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 37

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