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Eros Transformed: Same-Sex Love and Divine Desire

Jostein Børtnes

in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520223882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0009
Eros Transformed: Same-Sex Love and Divine Desire

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This chapter examines the issues of same-sex love and divine desire in Gregory of Nazianzus' funeral oration for Basil of Caesarea. It suggests that Gregory's understanding of friendship as a reciprocal loving relationship between two equals united in their quest for divine truth was irreconcilable with Basil's status as prince of the Church. Gregory's model of male friendship also had to give way to the master-disciple relationship that was for centuries to become the standard model of Christian love.

Keywords: same-sex love; divine desire; funeral oration; Gregory of Nazianzus; Basil of Caesarea; male friendship; Christian love; master-disciple relationship

Chapter.  4826 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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