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Gregory of Nyssa (Saint)
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(c. 335, Caesarea, Cappadocia – 394, Nyssa), one of the “three Cappadocians” (along with his brother Basil the Great and his friend Gregory of Nazianzus, Cappadocian theology). Gregory was given a profound rhetorical education, was married and only reluctantly allowed Basil to choose him as bishop of Nyssa in 372. In disputes wih the heretical environment of the Homoeans, he was deposed in 376, persecuted by civil authorities and avoided capture by fleeing. In 378 (death of Emperor Valens, who was sympathetic with the Homoeans), he retur…

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Mann, Friedhelm, “Gregory of Nyssa (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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