By Karla Pollmann, Mark Vessey
Augustine and the Disciplines takes its cue from Augustine's idea of the liberal arts to discover the bigger query of ways the Bible turned the focal point of medieval tradition within the West. Augustine himself grew to become more and more acutely aware that an ambivalent angle in the direction of wisdom and studying was once inherent in Christianity. via dealing with the highbrow problem posed through this pressure he arrived at a brand new idea of ways to interpret the Bible accurately.
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43. 15 Augustine too would instinctively juxtapose church and schoolroom (Conf. 3. 3. 5–6). Like Augustine, too, Gregory recognizes other possible destinations (including the theatre) but shows himself and Basil dutifully shunning all roads which did not lead to excellence. Arete¯, however, was enacted in public. Gregory remarks upon the diﬀerent labels that are derived from a man’s paternity or origin, or his preferred avocations: he and Basil took pride in being—and in being called—‘Christians’.
17 Gregory of Nazianzus, Epit. 5. 18 Eunapius’ account of Prohairesius is well discussed by R. J. D. (Leeds, 1990), 79–84. Himerius’ career has been reconstructed by T. D. Barnes, ‘Himerius and the Fourth Century’, Classical Philology 82 (1987), 206–25; we still await a fuller appreciation of his oratory. The report that Gregory and Basil were taught by Himerius as well as Prohairesius (Socrates, Hist. Eccl. 4. 26. 6) must be assessed in the light of the historian’s accompanying claim that they both subsequently also attended Libanius’ school at Antioch.
Cribiore, Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt (Princeton, 2001), combines the papyri with evidence from Libanius to great eﬀect in a discussion of the rhetor’s classroom: ‘Learning to Fly: Rhetoric and Imitation’, 220–44. 6 The interpretation of Gregory Nazianzen presented here is more fully developed in work currently in progress. There is a ﬁne account of Gregory’s Athenian experience in J. M. McGuckin, Saint Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography (Crestwood, NY, 2001), 47–83.
Augustine and the Disciplines: from Cassiciacum to Confessions by Karla Pollmann, Mark Vessey