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Gregory of Nyssa : THE MAKING OF MAN

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Translated by H. A. Wilson 


A partial inquiry into the nature of the world, and a more minute exposition of the things which preceded the genesis of man

PG 44

Μερικὴ περὶ τοῦ κόσμου φυσιολογία καί τις ἁβροτέρα διήγησις περὶ τῶν προγεγονότων τῆς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου γενέσεως

Why man appeared last, after the creation


Διὰ τί μετὰ τὴν κτίσιν τελευταῖος ὁ ἄνθρωπος

That the nature of man is more precious than all the visible creation


Ὅτι τιμιωτέρα πάσης τῆς φαινομένης κτίσεως ἡ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου φύσις

That the construction of man throughout signifies his ruling power


Ὅτι διὰ πάντων ἐπισημαίνει τὴν ἀρχικὴν ἐξουσίαν ἡ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου κατασκευή

That man is a likeness of the divine sovereignty


Ὅτι ὁμοίωμα τῆς θείας βασιλείας ὁ ἄνθρωπος

An examination of the kindred of mind to nature: wherein, by way of digression, is refuted the doctrine of the anomoeans


Ἐξέτασις τῆς τοῦ νοῦ πρὸς τὴν φύσιν συγγενείας͵ ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἐκ παρόδου τὸ τῶν Ἀνομοίων διελέγχεται δόγμα

Why man is destitute of natural weapons and covering


Διὰ τί γυμνὸς τῶν ἐκ φύσεως ὅπλων τε καὶ προκαλυμμάτων ὁ ἄνθρωπος

Why man's form is upright; and that hands were given him because of reason; wherein also is a speculation on the difference of souls


Διὰ τί ὄρθιον τοῦ ἀνθρώπου τὸ σχῆμα͵ καὶ ὅτι διὰ τὸν λόγον αἱ χεῖρες· ἐν ᾧ τις καὶ περὶ διαφορᾶς ψυχῶν φιλοσοφία

That the form of man was framed to serve as an instrument for the use of reason


Ὅτι ὀργανικὸν κατεσκευάσθη τοῦ ἀνθρώπου τὸ σχῆμα πρὸς τὴν τοῦ λόγου χρείαν

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