Gregory the Great and His World

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 9, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 241 pages
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Markus's new and accessible work is the first full study of Gregory the Great since that of F. H. Dudden (1905) to deal with both Gregory's life and work as well as with his thought and spirituality. With his command of Gregory's works, Markus portrays vividly the daily problems of one of the most attractive characters of the age. Gregory's culture is described in the context of the late Roman educational background and in the context of previous patristic tradition. Markus seeks to understand Gregory as a cultivated late Roman aristocrat converted to the ascetic ideal, caught in the tension between his attraction to the monastic vocation and his episcopal ministry, at a time of catastrophic change in the Roman world. The book deals with every aspect of his pontificate: as bishop of Rome, as landlord of the Church lands, in his relations to the Empire, and to the Western Germanic kingdoms in Spain, Gaul, and, especially, his mission to the English.
  

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Contents

Introduction a contemplative in a troubled world
1
Integritas animi ministry in the church
17
Sapienter indoctus scriptural understanding
34
Approprinquante mundi termino the world in its old age
51
The Christian community and its neighbours
68
Christiana respublica within the confines of the Empire
83
Terra mea Italy between two worlds
97
Argus luminosissimus the pope as landlord
112
In cunctis mundi partibus the far west
163
Inconcussam servare provinciam dissent in Africa
188
Epilogue
203
On the distribution of Gregorys correspondence
206
Glossary of terms for offices
210
Sources
211
Secondary works referred to
214
Index of Gregorian Texts
225

Scissum corpus the schism of the Three Chapters
125
Ravenna and Rome and beyond
143

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