Gregory of Nyssa: The Letters

Introduction, Translation and Commentary


This book gathers 37 letters of St Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-394), translated into English, some for the first time, and equipped with up-to-date scholarly notes.
It begins with a biography focusing on Gregory’s family background and young adulthood. A study of Gregory the letter writer follows, with a dateline of the letters. Three sub-collections of letters follow: 1. ‘Prelude’ comprising testimonia from Basil and Gregory Nazianzen, 2. ‘The Pasquali Collection’, the 30 letters established by G. Pasquali, 3. ‘Supplementary’, one letter always known as Gregory’s, five letters reassigned to Gregory by scholars, and a new one proposed by the author for reassignment. A specially commissioned icon, an original map, and two architectural sketches are included.
This book will both stimulate veteran scholars in the Cappadocian Fathers and early Christianity, and serve English speaking lovers of the Fathers who do not have ready access to the sources in other languages.

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Biographical Note

Anna M. Silvas gained her Ph.D. at the University of New England, Australia. Her thesis is now published as The Asketikon of St Basil the Great (Oxford: OUP, 2005). Her first book was Jutta and Hildegard: The Biographical Sources (Turnhout: Brepols, 1998). As an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, she continued her research in the Cappadocian Fathers. Recently, In a 2006 expedition to Turkey she discovered the locality of St Basil’s ascetic retreat.

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...eine willkommene Bereicherung der wissenschaftlichen Diskussion wie ihr ganzes hoch anzuerkennendes und aüßerst nützliches Werk.

Hubertus R. Drobner, Paderborn, Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte, 2009


All institutes and schools dedicated to Early Christian Studies and Patristics.
All those interested in Greek literature and language in late antiquity will also welcome this book, as well as, in particular, Benedictine and Cistercian monastic world, and the Orthodox Churches.

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