MINIATURIST, Greek
(active around 880 in Constantinople)

Homilies of St. Gregory of Nazianzus

879-83
Manuscript (Ms. gr. 510), 435 x 300 mm
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Gregory of Nazianzus (c. 329-390), also known as Gregory the Theologian, was a 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople, and theologician. He is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age.

This manuscript of 465 folios, containing his homilies, was ordered for the Emperor Basil I the Macedonian (reigned 867-886). It is illustrated with 46 full-page miniatures. The miniature on folio 409v depicts the story of Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor from 361 to 363, as well as a notable philosopher and author in Greek.