Funeral Orations

Gregory of Nazianzus (329 - 389 or 390)
Translated by C. G. Browne and James Edward Swallow

Gregory the Theologian, also known as Gregory Nazianzen (which name also refers to his father,) was a 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople. He is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. Along with the brothers Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, he is known as one of the Cappadocian Fathers. Gregory is a saint in both Eastern and Western Christianity. In the Roman Catholic Church he is numbered among the Doctors of the Church; in Eastern Orthodoxy and the Eastern Catholic Churches he is revered as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, along with Basil the Great and John Chrysostom. He is also one of only three men in the life of the Orthodox Church who have been officially designated "Theologian" by epithet, the other two being St. John the Theologian (the Evangelist), and St. Symeon the New Theologian. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia.)

Genre(s): Religion

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Oration VII, on St Caesarius, the Saint's brother A LibriVox Volunteer
Play 02 Oration VIII, on St Gorgonia, the Saint's sister A LibriVox Volunteer
Play 03 Oration XVIII, on St Gregory Nazianzen, the Saint's father A LibriVox Volunteer
Play 04 Oration XVIII continued A LibriVox Volunteer
Play 05 Oration XXI, on St Athanasius the Great A LibriVox Volunteer
Play 06 Oration XXI continued A LibriVox Volunteer
Play 07 Oration XLIII, on St Basil the Great A LibriVox Volunteer
Play 08 Oration XLIII continued (2) A LibriVox Volunteer
Play 09 Oration XLIII continued (3) A LibriVox Volunteer
Play 10 Oration XLIII continued (4) A LibriVox Volunteer