Gregory's life culminated in his holding the office of pope (590 - 604). He is generally regarded as one of the outstanding figures in the long line of popes, and by the late ninth century had come to be known as 'the Great'. Along with Ambrose, Jerome and Augustine, he played a critical role in the history of his time, while during the middle ages his intellectual influence was second only to that of Augustine.
This volume provides a biographical and intellectual context to Gregory the Great, and new translations of his most influential writings.
'This is the fourteenth volume in an important introductory series designed to make available in translation key selections from the writings of the major Fathers of the Early Church.' – The Catholic Historical Review
1. Introduction 2. The Bible 3. Human Types 4. Morals on Job
The Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church are central to the creation of Christian doctrine and the establishment of the Christian Church as a social entity in the first five centuries AD. Students of theology, religion, late antiquity and the early Middle Ages constantly encounter the names of these writers; yet most of them are dauntingly inaccessible to the student because of the volume of their writings and the relative paucity of available translations.
This series makes available translations of key selected texts by the major Fathers, for the use of all students of the early church. Each volume is the work of a distinguished scholar and theologian, who has selected and translated the most representative texts of the author in question. Each volume contains a long introduction setting the subject in his historical and philosophical context, as well as a brief introduction and notes on the translations.