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Gelasius of Caesarea

Ecclesiastical History

The Extant Fragments With an Appendix containing the Fragments from Dogmatic Writings

Ed. by Wallraff, Martin / Stutz, Jonathan / Marinides, Nicholas

Transl. by Marinides, Nicholas

Series:Die griechischen christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten Jahrhunderte N.F. 25

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    Gelasius, the Nicene bishop of Caesarea Maritima for roughly the last third of the fourth century, has been overshadowed in ecclesiastical historiography by his more famous uncle and patron Cyril of Jerusalem. Gelasius’ works are preserved only fragmentarily in later authors. The most important of his writings was an ecclesiastical history, which supplemented and continued that of his famous predecessor Eusebius. Later ecclesiastical historians and hagiographers, such as Rufinus of Aquileia, drew on Gelasius’ history extensively, usually without attribution. It furnished them with a model for Nicene historiography and with material on topics such as the youth of the emperor Constantine, the discovery of the True Cross in Jerusalem, the Council of Nicaea, and the activities of various Nicene heroes. The fragments of the Ecclesiastical History are presented here systematically for the first time, based on careful analysis of the sources that quote it with or without attribution, along with all known testimonies to Gelasius and the fragments of his doctrinal writings. The edition is introduced by a thorough discussion of the character of the sources of the fragments, and accompanied by a facing English translation with notes.


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    Martin Wallraff and Johnathan Stutz, University of Munich, Germany and Nicholas Marinides, University of Basel, Switzerland.

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