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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity$
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Tomas Hagg

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223882

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223882.001.0001

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Your Honor, My Reputation

Your Honor, My Reputation

St. Gregory of Nazianzus’s Funeral Oration on St. Basil the Great

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(p.140) 6 Your Honor, My Reputation
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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity
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Frederick W. Norris

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0007

This chapter examines Gregory of Nazianzus' funeral oration for Basil of Caesarea. It discusses two questions that dominate any attempt to answer what parts rhetoric and history play in his oration. It analyzes Gregory's reputation and how his text honors Basil. It also considers Gregory's treatment and shaping of information about Basil. It suggest that the important contributions of Gregory's oration to any biography of Basil are the way its style and story presented Basil as a figure to be emulated and the comparison by which it highlights Gregory as the more thorough Christianizer of Hellenism.

Keywords:   funeral oration, Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil of Caesarea, rhetoric, history, Christianizer of Hellenism

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