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Пайдейя как «малые мистерии»: Василий Кесарийский о греческой литературе

Вестник древней истории. 2017. Т. 77. № 2. С. 341-355.

The metaphor “paideia is the lesser mysteries” determines both the substantial and the structural unity of St. Basil’s Address to the youth. Initially connected to the Eleusinian cult, the notions of the “lesser” and the “greater” mysteries have formed part, by the time of St. Basil, of the platonizing philosophical koine and have been consistently applied to the various levels of the philosophical progress. In Basil’s Address, as well as in two other epistles to the youth authored by Basil’s fellow Cappadocians Gregory of Nazianz (To Nicobulus) and Amphilochius of Iconium (To Seleucus), this imagery occupies a prominent place and underlies the proposed model of interaction between Christianity and classical paideia.