Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The great St Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-394), the most outstanding speculative thinker among the Greek Fathers between Origen and Maximus the Confessor, presents a more complex and perhaps sympathetic personality than do his great siblings Macrina and Basil. This introductory biography chapter attempts to provide a reasonable chronology and historical context within which to situate Gregory's letters. It talks about several aspects such as his early family life and young adulthood, his secular career, the question of Gregory's marriage, a discussion on his On Virginity, the goads and transitions he underwent from 365-372, and his years as a bishop. It suggests the personal ground out which the letters arose and offers possible solutions to some opacities in the record. The chapter also sketches a few aspects of his personal and spiritual development. A key that can help us to do that is his own idea of progressive spiritual 'ascents'.

Keywords: Gregory of Nyssa; On Virginity



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Gregory of Nyssa: The Letters — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation