Chapter 5 Faith and Verse: Gregory of Nazianzus and Early Christian Village Poetry

In: Early Christianity in Asia Minor and Cyprus
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Christiane Zimmermann
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Abstract

When Christianity came to central Asia Minor, believers expressed their faith not only privately inside their communities but also in traditional, established public forms of communication, including sepulchral epigrams. The verse inscriptions of anonymous poets in Lycaonia were expressions of a Christian community which demonstrated both their education and the compatibility of their new religion with traditional pagan culture. The most important and influential composer of Christian poetry was the Cappadocian Gregory of Nazianzus. Other Anatolian bishops also composed verses, including Gregory’s cousin, Amphilochius of Iconium.

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