Death as Dreaming and Sleeping in the Epigrams of Gregory of Nazianzus

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In his epigrams, Gregory of Nazianzus time and again speaks about the dead ones as sleepers. In this paper we examine the Greco-Roman and biblical background of this well-known ‘sleeping of death’-theme, and we conclude that the sleeping of death in Gregory’s usage is nothing more than an eschatologically neutral literary platitude.

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Ledán M. István: Death as Dreaming and Sleeping in the Epigrams of Gregory of Nazianzus. In: Református Szemle 109.3 (2016), 247--256