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GREGORY OF NYSSA, WITNESS OF MACRINA’S LIFE AND DEATH
GREGORY OF NYSSA, WITNESS OF MACRINA’S LIFE AND DEATH

Author(s): Lenka Karfíková
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci
Keywords: Early Christian Thinking; Gregory of Nyssa; Life of St Macrina; virtue; apatheia

Summary/Abstract: In his Life of St Macrina Gregory of Nyssa presents his sister as a teacher of “philosophy” (i.e. life devoted to God) and a model of virtue, which is understood here as a way of overcoming of passions by reason. Hence Macrina seems to be a female counterpart to Moses as pictured in Gregory’s “On the Soul and Resurrection”, a dialogue in which he and Macrina were engaged when his sister was on her deathbed.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 15-26
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English