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    DescriptionThe Hexaemeron of St. Basil the Great is a collection of nine homilies on the creation of the world. Basil probably delivered them extemporaneously, and they were subsequently edited and published towards the end of the fourth century A.D.. Much of the work is concerned with the character and use of knowledge about the physical world. This is manifest in Basil's discussions of ancient zoology, physics, and cosmology, and his prescriptions regarding the use of knowledge about the sensible world. As a whole, the homilies constitute and important contribution to Late Antique Christian cosmology. The Hexaemeron is a highly synthetic document which draws on many ancient intellectual traditions. This book explores three influences on the cosmology of the Hexaemeron: the ontology of the second century Alexandrian exegete Origen, Stoic epistemology, and the soteriology of the fourth century theologian St. Ephrem the Syrian.


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    Title
    What Have We Not Heard of the Horned Worm of India? - On the Sources of the Hexaemeron of
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nicholas Nelson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 112
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 220 mm
    Thickness: 7 mm
    Weight: 213 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9783639020908
    ISBN 10: 3639020901
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: LAN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    BIC subject category V2: CFC
    BISAC V2.8: LAN010000
    Publisher
    VDM Verlag
    Imprint name
    VDM Verlag
    Publication date
    30 May 2008