By Gregory of Nazianzus

The autobiographical poems of Gregory of Nazianzus, fourth-century Father of the Greek Church, are extraordinary not just for a hugely person photo of the Byzantine global but additionally for moments which are intimate, passionate and relocating. This booklet comprises Greek textual content and dealing with English translation of a range from his 100 or so surviving poems.

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