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Before serving as Bishop of Constantinople and becoming known to posterity as "the Theologian", Gregory of Nazianzus was an Athens-trained professional teacher of Greek literature. Steeped in the rhetorical culture of the Second Sophistic, his orations for Christian feasts such as Christmas and Pentecost belong to a Classical tradition that privileged the performance of philosophy at festivals. Widely copied and translated, they were instrumental in Gregory becoming one of the most popular and influential authors in Byzantium. This book shows how his orations represent a crucial point in the Late Antique reception of Platonism, rhetorical theory, and ancient festival culture.
In: Philosophy at the Festival: The Festal Orations of Gregory of Nazianzus and the Classical Tradition
In: Philosophy at the Festival: The Festal Orations of Gregory of Nazianzus and the Classical Tradition
In: Philosophy at the Festival: The Festal Orations of Gregory of Nazianzus and the Classical Tradition
Son authenticité, ses sources et son exégèse allégorisante
The Hexaemeron of Anastasius of Sinai (late 7th-early 8th c.) expounds the creation account and the Adam and Eve story as foreshadowing the mystery of Christ and the Church, an idea that goes back to Origen and beyond. The commentary remained unpublished in Greek until 2007, received only scattered attention, and has been often considered as apocryphal. In this book, the first of its kind in any language, Dimitrios Zaganas firmly establishes its authenticity, investigates its genesis and date, offers detailed analysis of its numerous sources, and studies its distinctly allegorical approach to Genesis 1-3. Several emendations of the Greek text are suggested in the appendix.

L’Hexaemeron d’Anastase le Sinaïte (fin VIIe–début VIIIe s.) traite du récit de la création et de l’histoire d’Adam et Ève comme préfigurant le mystère du Christ et de l’Église, une idée qui remonte à Origène et au-delà. Le commentaire est resté inédit en grec jusqu’en 2007, n’a reçu qu’une attention distraite et a été souvent considéré comme apocryphe. Dans cet ouvrage, le premier consacré à l’Hexaemeron, Dimitrios Zaganas établit fermement son authenticité, examine sa genèse et sa datation, propose une analyse détaillée de ses nombreuses sources et étudie son approche clairement allégorique de Genèse 1-3. Dans un appendice sont proposées plusieurs corrections au texte grec.