Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church: Emperor Julian, Gregory of Nazianzus, and the Vision of Rome

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University of California Press, Apr 10, 2012 - History - 553 pages
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This groundbreaking study brings into dialogue for the first time the writings of Julian, the last non-Christian Roman Emperor, and his most outspoken critic, Bishop Gregory of Nazianzus, a central figure of Christianity. Susanna Elm compares these two men not to draw out the obvious contrast between the Church and the Emperor’s neo-Paganism, but rather to find their common intellectual and social grounding. Her insightful analysis, supplemented by her magisterial command of sources, demonstrates the ways in which both men were part of the same dialectical whole. Elm recasts both Julian and Gregory as men entirely of their times, showing how the Roman Empire in fact provided Christianity with the ideological and social matrix without which its longevity and dynamism would have been inconceivable.
 

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Contents

introduction
1
1
17
Hymn to the mother of the gods
118
1
153
gregory the Elder and nazianzus
182
3
201
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259
gregorys Oration 4 against Julian
336
3
344
106
367
Logoi for the Logos
378
118
413
gregorys Second Strike Oration 5
433
Visions of rome
479
Bibliography
489

Julian in antioch
269
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273
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Susanna Elm is Professor of History and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Virgins of God: The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity.

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