10. Of CAESAREIA. Gregory lived about A. D. 940, at the Cappadocian Caesareia: he was a presbyter, apparently of the church there.
A Latin version of this life (which is chiefly derived from notices in the works of Nazianzen himself).
This was made by Billius, and prefixed to his edition of the works of Nazianzen. Billius cites an ancient MS. in the library of St. Denis as an authority for the statement that a Latin version, which he characterises as barbarous, was made by a certain Anastasius, about A. D. 960; and considers that if this statement is correct, the authorship of the work must be ascribed to an earlier Gregory; but this inference seems hardly necessary.
The version of Billius is given in the De Probatis Sanctorum Vitis,
of Surius, Maii,
p. 121, &c. Some of our authorities state that the Greek original is given in the Acta Sanctorum
of the Bollandists, Maii,
vol. ii. p. 766 ; but this is a mistake, the piece given there is not the Life
by Gregory, but an anonymous panegyric.
The author of the Life
wrote also Scholia in Orationes XVI. Nazianzeni
, which are quoted by Elias of Crete; but the age of Elias himself [ELIAS, No. 5], which is variously fixed from the sixth to the twelfth century, is too uncertain to aid in determining that of Gregory.
A panegyric on the Nicene Fathers
This panegyric is given with a Latin version in the Novum Auctarium of Combefis, vol. ii. p. 547, &c.
; the Latin version is given by Lipomannus in his De Vitis Sanctorum
; and by Surius in the De Probatis Sanctorum Vitis, 10 Julii.
Fabric. Bibl. Gr.
vol. viii. pp. 386, 432, vol. x. pp. 233, 296; Cave, Hist. Litt.
vol. ii. p. 99.