Paideia in the poetry of Gregory Nazianzen

McDonald, James Joseph (2020) Paideia in the poetry of Gregory Nazianzen. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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In this thesis, I explore Gregory’s conception and use of paideia in his poetry as understood in four main ways: (1) Gregory’s knowledge of, familiarity with, and utilisation/manipulation of the literary tradition. (2) His use of paideia as a communication code for self-fashioning, as well as for fashioning his friends and enemies. (3) His pedagogy, that is, the didactic methods used to teach biblical knowledge and theological doctrine. (4) The place of classical culture in the Christian (ascetic) life. In other words, Gregory’s conception of (a Christian) paideia. This thesis focuses upon particular (groups of) poems by Gregory that explore how exactly he puts into practice the episcopal identity which he forges for himself as prytanis of both sacred and profane wisdom.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Gregory Nazianzen, Paideia, Poetry, Late Antiquity, Second Sophistic, Third Sophistic.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Humanities > Classics
Funder's Name: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Supervisor's Name: Stenger, Prof. Jan and Isabel, Prof. Ruffell
Date of Award: 2020
Depositing User: Mr James McDonald
Unique ID: glathesis:2020-81630
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2020 14:47
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 16:33
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.81630

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