By Gabriella Corona
The existence and regarded Saint Basil the nice (329-79) have been a seminal impact on western theology and monasticism, their echoes achieving so far as Anglo-Saxon England: the hagiographic culture of this saint begun in Greek, yet through the top of the 10th century had already been translated 3 times into Latin and as soon as into previous English. This booklet provides a brand new variation and translation of the previous English textual content, ready by means of ?†lfric of Eynsham within the 10th century, with an variation of 1 of the Latin types of the Vita Basilii. those are complemented by means of the 1st ever full-length examine of the hagiographies of Basil, surroundings those textual traditions opposed to their wider highbrow history. It outlines proof for the cult of Saint Basil in Anglo-Saxon England from the late-seventh century, including the effect of his theological proposal, in particular upon Bede's paintings. It then strikes directly to discover the outdated English translation intimately, surroundings it within the context of the English Benedictine reform.
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D. Hill and C. D. Wright (Morgantown, WV, 2002), pp. 158–84, at p. 182. 45 See below, pp. 54–73. 46 For the letter to Wulfsige, see B. , Die Hirtenbriefe Ælfrics in altenglischer und lateinischer Fassung, BaP 9, rpt. with a supplement to the introduction by P. Clemoes (Darmstadt, 1966), 1–34; for that to Sigefyrð see B. , Angelsächsischen Homilien und Heiligenleben, BaP 3, rpt. with a supplementary introduction by P. Clemoes (Darmstadt, 1964), 13–23. 47 Clemoes, ‘Chronology’, pp. 226 and 244. 48 ‘Ac þa halgan fæderas, þe beforan us wæron, swaswa wæs Sanctus Ieronimus preost and Sanctus Anastasius preost, þe Sanctus Basilius se biscop geypte, and Sanctus Beda preost ðe his ban restað on Eoferwic and ungerime oðre, þe we heora naman ne cunnan ...
This highly stylised image of this eastern saint becomes evident in LB, which sets off with a close focus on Basil’s achievements as a student and writer. 52 Shortly after the composition and publication of most of the Lives of Saints, Ælfric translated the Admonitio ad filium spiritualem which, following an authoritative tradition, he attributed to Saint Basil. The authorship and purpose of the Latin Admonitio (CPG Suppl.
100. 3 T. Charles-Edwards, ‘The Penitential of Theodore and the Iudicia Theodori’, in Archbishop Theodore, ed. Lapidge, pp. 141–74. The origin and history of Theodore’s Penitentials are somewhat complicated by the reorganisation which they underwent immediately after they were written. , p. 151). They were subsequently organised and put together in two books by a scribe who called himself the Discipulus Vmbrensium and who added a prologue and an epilogue to them. 4 Of the Latin Fathers, only Augustine is mentioned, Bischoff and Lapidge, Biblical Commentaries, p.
Aelfric's Life of Saint Basil the Great: Background and Context by Gabriella Corona