Gregory of Nazianzus' Poemata Arcana: ἄϱϱητα and Christian persuasion

  title={Gregory of Nazianzus' Poemata Arcana: ἄϱϱ$\eta$$\tau$$\alpha$ and Christian persuasion},
  author={Fabian Meinel},
  journal={The Cambridge Classical Journal},
  pages={71 - 96}
  • Fabian Meinel
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Education
  • The Cambridge Classical Journal
When Gregory of Nazianzus composed the Poemata Arcana in the early 380s AD, he had long been through the ‘moral and intellectual boot camp’ of Greek paideia. He was both a man of (Greek) culture and a Christian. He had plucked the ‘roses from the thorny field’ of paganism, and could now turn to the pressing issues of the day: the impieties of heretics. It is important to keep this in mind when reading Gregory's Poemata Arcana. Written in the form of didactic epic, these poems set forth the… 

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