The Speech Act of Swearing: Gregory of Nazianzus’s Oath in Poema 2.1.2 in Context

  title={The Speech Act of Swearing: Gregory of Nazianzus’s Oath in Poema 2.1.2 in Context},
  author={Suzanne Abrams Rebillard},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  pages={177 - 207}
Gregory of Nazianzus’s Poemata de seipso as a group are labeled “autobiography” erroneously. 2.1.2 provides a strong case study: it is formally structured as an oath, to be sworn by a bishop but with no definitive identification of speaker. As an oath it is well suited to the application of speech act theory, which allows for interpretations with Gregory and/or any orthodox bishop as speaker. When further considered in light of other oaths as compositional models—professional (e.g. Hippocratic… Expand
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