Basil the Great
Author(s) : Moutafov Emmanuel (30/6/2003)Translation : Velentzas Georgios
For citation: Moutafov Emmanuel, "Basil the Great",Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World, Asia MinorURL: <http://www.ehw.gr/l.aspx?id=7379>
Basil the Great was born in Caesarea, Cappadocia, in 329. He studied philosophy at the School of Athens and was a fellow student of the subsequent Emperor Julian and Gregory of Nazianzus. He later became bishop of Caesarea and taught rhetoric in Caesarea before he devoted his life to asceticism. Basil was an exegete of the Bible and a bitter opponent of Arianism; a pioneer of social welfare and a composer of monastic rules. He died in 379, probably in Caesarea.
bishop, Church Father
Date and Place of Death
January 1, 379, probably Caesarea
Date and Place of Birth
329, Caesarea, Cappadocia
2. Asceticism – Quietism
3. Charities and anti-Heretical Activities
4. Ecclesiastical and Liturgical Reforms
5. Basil’s Attitude towards Theologian Disputes
7. Sanctification – Worship – Iconography
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