Gregory of Nyssa’s Position in Late Antique Debates on Slavery and Poverty, and the Role of Asceticism

  title={Gregory of Nyssa’s Position in Late Antique Debates on Slavery and Poverty, and the Role of Asceticism},
  author={Ilaria L. E. Ramelli},
  journal={Journal of Late Antiquity},
  pages={118 - 87}
The kind of poverty that was elected by Macrina and other members of her very rich family, and is exalted in the writings of her brother Gregory of Nyssa, is certainly a voluntary poverty. This choice, which is related to a broader choice for asceticism in a proto-monastic environment, and which is presented by Gregory of Nyssa as an emulation of the life of angels and an anticipation of the final apokatastasis, is closely linked with the repudiation of slavery. Indeed, this study will argue… 
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