Byzantine Authors: Literary Activities and Preoccupations: by John W Nesbitt

By John W Nesbitt

In honouring the reminiscence of Nicolas Oikonomides the individuals supply a bunch of Greek texts and translations which replicate the huge pursuits of Byzantine authors and the numerous genres to which they dedicated their abilities. inside of its pages one unearths an ekphrasis of Christopher of Mitylene, army speeches of Constantine VII, letters of Michael Psellos, an ancient narrative relating to Empress Helena and the discovering of the pass, instructing texts, and a long handbook, observed through a reprint of the unique Brill Greek textual content, on withstanding a siege.

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Rufinus, p. 16-22. Amidon (1997) 16. Sokrates Kirchengeschichte, p. 18-21; and p. 1-7. Theodoret, Kirchengeschichte, p. 3-6. DISCOVERY OF THE CROSS 35 SECTION 4. THE CONUNDRUM AND THE SOLUTION. Alexander the Monk: confronted by three crosses Helena wonders which cross was the one on which Christ was crucified. Makarios solves the problem. He approachesa lady of rank who is close to death. It requires only the shadow of one (the true) cross to fall near the woman and at once she is cured (see Acts 5: 15: the sick await Peter, hoping that at the least his shadow will fall upon them).

In other words, Constantine knows where Christ’s tomb is located and hence, by implication, where the cross is to be found. All that is required is for Helena to go to Jerusalem and seek it. On the other hand, there was a strong tradition, beginning with Ambrose (395), that Helena, aroused to action by dreams, traveled to Jerusalem on her own initiative. ” From this point until almost the very end, Helena occupies center stage. She finds and identifies the cross and is reponsible for the building of churches on Golgotha, in Bethlehem, and on Olivet.

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