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The Hungry are Dying: Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia

Susan R. Holman


The fourth century Christian sermons, letters, and poems of Basil, bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, his brother Gregory of Nyssa, and their friend Gregory of Nazianzus, provide one of the best‐documented examples of early Christian responses to poverty. This book explores how these Cappadocian texts construct the body of the poor, socially and individually, in terms of hunger and starvation, economic penury, and medicine and disease. It especially considers three dominant themes: first, gift economics and patronage, especially in terms of liturgies (leitourgia); second, paidea and classical r ... More

Keywords: Basil of Caesarea, Christianization, ethics, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, incarnation, liturgies, philanthropy, poor, poverty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195139129
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195139127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan R. Holman, author