|Title||Rhetoric and Identity in Byzantium|
|Date/Time||Thursday 7 July 2022: 11.15-12.45|
|Organiser||IMC Programming Committee|
|Moderator/Chair||Claudia Rapp, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien / Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien|
|Paper 1607-a||Sources of Byzantine Thought about the Priesthood: Plato's Res publica in Gregory of Nazianus' Apology on His Flight
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Language and Literature - Greek; Political Thought; Theology
The connection of these texts has already been discussed in the research literature, however, exclusively in the conceptual sphere, since Gregory's paraphrasing of one remarkable fragment from the dialogue of Thrasymachus with Socrates was left out of the attention of scholars. In my talk I will present in details one of the amazing examples of the rhetorical art of St Gregory the Theologian, where ancient prose (Plato) and poetry (Homer, Callimachus, Theocritus), are interwoven into a discussion about the nature of the priesthood. Based on this analysis, I will try to contribute to the discussion of conceptual issues.