By Gabriella Corona
The lifestyles and regarded Saint Basil the good (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 started in Greek, yet through the top of the 10th century had already been translated thrice into Latin and as soon as into previous English. This ebook provides a brand new version and translation of the previous English textual content, ready via ?†lfric of Eynsham within the 10th century, with an version of 1 of the Latin models of the Vita Basilii. those are complemented via the 1st ever full-length learn of the hagiographies of Basil, surroundings those textual traditions opposed to their wider highbrow historical past. It outlines facts for the cult of Saint Basil in Anglo-Saxon England from the late-seventh century, including the effect of his theological idea, in particular upon Bede's paintings. It then strikes directly to discover the previous English translation intimately, atmosphere it within the context of the English Benedictine reform.
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Certainly he knew of Basil and Gregory of Nazianzus, who are ranked among the host of virgin saints and are praised for both their learning and their virtue. In his De laudibus uirginitatis (prosa), Aldhelm mentioned Basil and his works; specifically his monastic rule, some letters and a work called erga ta exaemeron, which he seems to have known in a Latin translation: Basilius ... qui regularem monasticae conuersationis normam, reciprocis scedarum sciscitationibus uicaria litterarum relatione respondens, luce clarius ad liquidum digessit necnon erga ta (ex emeron vel) exaemeron id est opera sex dierum, quae in latinum translata leguntur ...
Indeed, Ælfric borrowed copiously from those passages in which Bede acknowledged Basil’s work nominatim. , De temporum ratione, c. 28, lines 36–42: Bede’s citation continues to the end of the chapter for another eighteen lines of the edited text. , Eustathius, pp. 85 (line 25)–86 (line 18); for Ælfric, see below, pp. 48–50. 37 ÆLFRIC’S LIFE OF SAINT BASIL century, with a glossed fragment of the Latin hagiography, the earliest surviving English witness of BHL 1023. The cult of Saint Basil in Anglo-Saxon England The cult of Saint Basil was not widespread in Anglo-Saxon England and, were it not for Ælfric’s special attention, his hagiography would hardly have been known before the Norman Conquest.
Ogilvy, Books Known to the English (Cambridge, MA, 1967), p. , Aldhelmi opera, p. 263, note 8. 18 E. Amand de Mendieta and S. Y. , Eustathius. Ancienne version latine des neuf Homélies sur l’Hexaéméron de Basile de Césarée, Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur 5, Reihe 11 (Berlin, 1958), xi–xvii. See also BBV IV, 1, 6, and Fedwick, ‘The Translations’, p. 459 and note 101. For the manuscripts and editions of Eustathius’ work see BBV II, 2, 1131–64. 33 ÆLFRIC’S LIFE OF SAINT BASIL thirty witnesses to the Latin translation of Basil’s Hexameron survive, attesting to its wide circulation, but much work remains to be done on its transmission in Anglo-Saxon England.
Aelfric's Life of Saint Basil the Great: Background and Context by Gabriella Corona