Lives of Illustrious Men – Gregory another bishop


Gregory, bishop of Nazianzen, a most eloquent man, and my instructor in the Scriptures, composed works, amounting in all to thirty thousand lines, among which are On the death of his brother Caesarius, On charity, In praise of the Maccabees, In praise of Cyprian.

In praise of Athanasius, In praise of Maximus the philosopher after he had returned from exile.

This latter however, some superscribe with the pseudonym of Herona, since there is another work by Gregory, upbraiding this same Maximus, as if one might not praise and upbraid the same person at one thee or another as the occasion may demand.

Other works of his are a book in hexameter, containing, A discussion between virginity and marriage, two books Against Eunomius, one book On the Holy Spirit, and one Against the Emperor Julian.

He was a follower of Polemon in his style of speaking.

Having ordained his successor in the bishopric, during his own life time, he retired to the country where he lived the life of a monk and died, three years or more ago, in the reign of Theodosius.

MLA Citation

  • Saint Jerome. “Gregory another bishop”. Lives of Illustrious Men, translated by Ernest Cushing Richardson. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 June 2013. Web. 21 September 2021. <>