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Prelude 2: St Gregory Nazianzen

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The letters of Gregory Nazianzen to Gregory of Nyssa are a treasure trove of biographical information on the younger Gregory's life, specially in the earlier period, from which no letters (except perhaps letter 37) have survived. They show that the two were great friends and colleagues and longstanding correspondents. Letter 11 To Gregory was very possibly sent from Pontus in the 360s, letters 72-76 in the late 370s during Gregory Nazianzen's long retreat at the monastery of St Thecla in Seleucia, and letters 81-197 in the 380s, when Nazianzen had settled down to a life of retirement and ill health at Arianzus.

Keywords: Arianzus; Gregory of Nyssa; Pontus; Seleucia; St Gregory Nazianzen; St Thecla; To Gregory



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