A Christian's Guide to Greek Culture: The Pseudo-nonnus Commentaries on Sermons 4, 5, 39 and 43
Jennifer Nimmo Smith
Liverpool University Press, 2001 - History - 156 pages
The Commentaries translated here, dating from the sixth century, show the persisting survival of Greek learning in an increasingly Christianized 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.
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The Topography of the Commentaries
Achilles Alexandria Anaxarchus Aphrodite Apollod Aristoph Artemis Athenians Athens Basil bull Caesarea called century Chimaera Christian Comm Commentaries Crete Cronus cult Cyclops Cyrus daughter death Delphi Demeter Demoen described Diogenes Dionysus discussed divine edition Egyptians Euripus Gadeira Gantz goddess gods Greece Greek Gregory of Nazianzus Gregory's sermons Gyges Hades Hephaestus Hera Heracles Hermes Hesiod Histiaeus holy Gregory Homer honour Icarius Intro Iphigeneia Julian killed king Kurmann Lacedaemonians later learning Libr Lugaresi mentions Mithras myth Nonnus notes Odysseus oracle Orations Origen Orpheus Oxford pagan Paris passage Paus Pelops phalli philosopher Phrygians pillar-posting Plato Poem Proteus Ps-N Pseudo-Nonnus Pythagorean recension reference repr rhetoric rites river Schol Scholia Semele Sermon 39 Sermon 39.5 PG serpent sexual intercourse Sicily Socrates story concerning Tantalus Taurians Thebes Theog Theseus thunderbolt took trans translation Trophonius tyrant vols worship Xenocrates Zagreus Zeus