Gregory of Nyssa : The Letters (Supplements to Vigiliae by Anna M. Silvas

By Anna M. Silvas

This ebook offers 37 letters of Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-379) translated into English and outfitted with scholarly notes. It contains a biography, testimonia from Basil and Gregory Nazianzen, three letters tested through G. Pasquali and 7 extra letters reassigned to Gregory.

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Restle, Tabula Imperii Byzantini Band II Kappadokien, 246–248. For the history of the localisation of Nyssa, see P. Maraval, ‘Nysse en Cappadoce’, Revue d’Histoire et de Philosophie Religeuses 55 (1975), 237–242. 55 30 biography visited his sister Macrina for the second-last time. He was not to see her again until her death-bed nearly eight years later. 56 If we accept the date of Macrina’s death as July 19, 379,57 backdating brings us to late 371/early 372. 58 This was also the occasion, one might suggest, that Macrina thought of a spiritual vademecum for her brother in his new situation: to send south with him their younger sister Theosebia, a virgin of the community at Annisa.

See the conclusions below in ‘A problem of dating’. 1, 402–403, Maraval 238. 10. 60 That the issue was with Marcellians rather than Arians, see G. May, ‘Gregor von Nyssa in der Kirchenpolitik seiner Zeit’, Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinischen Gesellschaft 15 (1966), 107–109. 57 biography 31 initiated some dialogue with them, but in such a way that Basil considered that his own name was compromised. In letter 215, as already mentioned, Basil entertains for a moment the prospect of sending Gregory with Dorotheus as an envoy to Pope Damasus on behalf of the eastern Neo-nicenes, but decides the better of it.

Biography 18 text suitable as a general introduction. One manuscript ‘S’,34 shows the shorter text with later elements such as uneven chapter titles and division of the work that crept in from scribal notes in the margin that had been copied later from a manuscript of the fuller version. Seeking an explanation for the discrepancies, Cavarnos considered two possibilities: 1. There was at first just one text, later altered by scribes, resulting in two distinct traditions of text, or 2. There were in fact two editions of the work by the author himself.

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