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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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How to Praise a Friend

How to Praise a Friend

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

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(p.160) 7 How to Praise a Friend
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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity
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David Konstan

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0008

This chapter examines the issue of friendship in Gregory of Nazianzus' funeral oration for Basil of Caesarea. It argues that Gregory was taking a stand in his praise of his special relation with Basil by enshrining it in a discourse dedicated to the saint when he was deceased and thus removed from mortal ties. It suggests that Gregory's attitude toward friendship had roots in his admiration for classical learning.

Keywords:   funeral oration, Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil of Caesarea, friendship, discourse, classical learning

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