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Nemesius of Emesa on Human Nature: A Cosmopolitan Anthropology from Roman Syria

David Lloyd Dusenbury


Nemesius of Emesa’s On Human Nature (De Natura Hominis) is the first Christian anthropology. Written in Greek, circa 390 CE, it was read in half a dozen languages—from Baghdad to Oxford—well into the early modern period. Nemesius’ text circulated in two Latin versions in the centuries that saw the rise of European universities, shaping scholastic theories of human nature. During the Renaissance, it saw a flurry of print editions, helping to inspire a new discourse of human dignity. This is the first monograph in English on Nemesius’ treatise. On the interpretation offered here, the Syrian bish ... More

Keywords: Nemesius of Emesa, Early Christianity, Late Antiquity, Patristics, Ancient philosophy, Ancient anthropology, History of ideas, History of medicine, Cosmopolitanism, Syria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198856962
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198856962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lloyd Dusenbury, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem