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Gregory of Nyssa : THE MAKING OF MAN

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That the mind works by means of the senses


Ὅτι διὰ τῶν αἰσθήσεων ὁ νοῦς ἐνεργεῖ

That the nature of man is invisible


Ὅτι ἀθεώρητος ἡ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου φύσις

An examination of the question where the ruling principle is to be considered to reside; wherein also is a discussion of tears and laughter, and a physiological speculation as to the inter-relation of matter, nature, and minds


Ἐξέτασις͵ ἐν τίνι τὸ ἡγεμονικὸν νομιστέον͵ ἐν ᾧ καὶ περὶ δακρύων καὶ περὶ γέλωτος φυσιολογία καὶ θεώρημά τι φυσικὸν περὶ τῆς κατὰ τὴν ὕλην καὶ τὴν φύσιν καὶ τὸν νοῦν κοινωνίας

A rationale of sleep, of yawning, and of dreams


Περὶ ὕπνου καὶ χάσμης καὶ ὀνείρων αἰτιολογία

That the mind is not in a part of the body; wherein also is a distinction of the movements of the body and of the soul


Ὅτι οὐκ ἐν μέρει τοῦ σώματος ὁ νοῦς. Ἐν ᾧ καὶ διάκρισις τῶν τε σωματικῶν καὶ ψυχικῶν κινημάτων

That the soul proper, in fact and name, is the rational soul, while the others are called so equivocally; wherein also is this statement, that the power of the mind extends throughout the whole body in fitting contact with every part


Ὅτι κυρίως ψυχὴ ἡ λογικὴ καὶ ἔστι καὶ λέγεται, αἱ δ' ἄλλαι ὁμωνύμως κατονομάζονται. Ἐν ᾧ καὶ τὸ διὰ παντὸς τοῦ σώματος διήκειν τὴν τοῦ νοῦ δύναμιν͵ καταλλήλως ἑκάστου μέρους προσαπτομένην

A contemplation of the divine utterance which said-"let us make man after our image and likeness"; wherein is examined what is the definition of the image, and how the passible and mortal is like to the blessed and impassible, and how in the image there are male and female, seeing these are not in the prototype


Θεωρία τοῦ θείου ῥητοῦ εἰπόντος͵ Ποιήσωμεν ἄνθρωπον κατ' εἰκόνα καὶ ὁμοίωσιν ἡμετέραν. Ἐν ᾧ ἐξετάζεται τίς ὁ τῆς εἰκόνος λόγος καὶ εἰ ὁμοιοῦται τῷ μακαρίῳ τε καὶ ἀπαθεῖ τὸ ἐμπαθὲς καὶ ἐπίκηρον͵ καὶ πῶς ἐν τῇ εἰκόνι τὸ ἄῤῥεν καὶ τὸ θῆλυ ἐν τῷ πρωτοτύπῳ τούτων οὐκ ὄντων

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