Basilius of Caesarea (Basil the Great)
(650 words)

b. ca. AD 320 in Caesarea (Cappadocia);

d. probably AD 379;

distinguished Greek Doctor of the Church; Bishop in Caesarea and Metropolitan of Cappadocia from 370 on; brother of Gregorius [2] of Nyssa.


The substantial literary œuvre contains a corpus asceticum of seven authentic pieces (ascetica), ca. 46 authentic homilies, two dogmatic treatises (Against Eunomius, On the Holy Spirit), a corpus …

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Landfester, Manfred, “Basilius of Caesarea (Basil the Great)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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