The Epigrams of Saint Gregory the Theologian
I Should personally have preferred to follow the Teubner edition in omitting this book, as it forms no part of Cephalus’ Anthology and merely, because all the epigrams are in the form of epitaphs, occupies this place in the Palatine MS. It has, however, been included in the Didot edition, which still remains the standard text of the Anthology,1 and it is the rule of the Loeb Library to reproduce the standard text. The proper place for this collection of the Epigrams of St. Gregory would be in his very voluminous works.
Gregory of Nazianzus was one of the great triad of Church Fathers of the fourth century (the Τρεῖς Ἱεράρχαι as they are styled in the Orthodox Calendar). The other two, Basil and Chrysostom, were his contemporaries and friends, as will be seen from some of these epigrams. Basil especially had been his friend from his youth up, and Gregory’s wife was Basil’s sister (see Epigr. 164). Gregory evidently enjoyed making verses, but the epigrams make somewhat tedious reading, as there are so many on the same subject.
- 1Other epigrams of St. Gregory’s which are found elsewhere in the Palatine MS. have not been included in the Didot edition.