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Gregory of Nyssa
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Most of the information about Gregory’s life (c. 335–396 CE) comes from his own writings, especially his Life of Macrina. Gregory was born into an upper-class Cappadocian family and was brother of Basil of Caesarea (c. 300–379 CE). Gregory had two other brothers, Peter (later bishop of Sebasteia) and Naucratius, and a sister, Macrina, who was a model of piety for Gregory and appears as a character in his dialogue On the Soul and Resurrection. Their father was…

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Karamanolis, George, “Gregory of Nyssa”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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