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Manuel II Palaeologus : THE VIRTUE OF A KING

from Precepts of kingly education, and On virtue and the goodness of a king, to his son John
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F GOD himself cares and thinks about us, good as we know that He is, what is the reason of so much pain, why don’t we understand the Grace, whether things are arranged for us in that or another way? Ungratefulness and complaint belong to a soul that is cruel, even if she believes in God.

Precepts..., Patrologia Graeca156.361

The measure of food is what each person needs, but in education we need always the greater... it’s helpful for the soul to be initiated in something good even at the hour of her parting from the body.

Precepts..., Patrologia Graeca156.368

Βασιλέως ἀρετή

Εἰ δὲ Θεὸς ὢν ἀγαθὸς ἡμῶν φροντίζει καὶ κήδεται, τίν' ἔχει λόγον ὑπεραλγεῖν ἢ καὶ τὸ μή χάριν εἰδέναι, ὧδε ἢ ἑτέρως τῶν πραγμάτων ἡμῖν οἰκονομουμένων; Τοῦτο ψυχῆς πάνυ σκληρᾶς, δοθέντος εἶναι πιστῆς. 


Ἐπὶ μὲν τροφῆς μέτρον ἑκάστοις ἡ χρεία, ἐνταυθοῖ δὲ χρεία τοῦ πλείονος… καλὸν γὰρ μυηθῆναι τὴν ψυχήν τι καλόν, καὶ χωριζομένην αὐτοῦ τοῦ σώματος.

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