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The Hungry are DyingBeggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia$
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Susan R. Holman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139129

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195139127.001.0001

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Three Sermons

The Hungry are Dying

Susan R. Holman

Oxford University Press

The Appendix supplies the first English translation of three Cappadocian sermons on poverty: Basil of Caesarea's “In time of famine and drought,” (Tempore famis et siccitatis; pg 31.303–28), Gregory of Nyssa's first sermon “On the Love of the Poor,” sometimes called “On Good Works,” (De beneficentia; pg 46.453–70), and Gregory of Nyssa's second sermon “On the Love of the Poor,” sometimes called “On the saying, ‘Whoever has done it to one of these has done it to me’” (In illud: Quatenus uni ex his fecistis mihi fecistis; pg 46.471–90). Basil's sermon (c.368–69 CE) describes famine and drought using vivid images of physical adult and infant suffering and appeals for aid using civic and biblical images. Gregory's sermons describe the homeless poor, victimized by war and disease, and appeal for charity and redemptive almsgiving to effect both physical and spiritual healing.

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