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Synesius of Cyrene, Philosopher and Bishop


SPCK, E. & J. B. Young & Co. 1886

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British historian Alice Gardner presents the life of Synesius of Cyrene, as illustrated by his letters and other writings. Beginning with Synesius’ birth and education, Gardner paints a portrait of this early Church Father as a patriot, a country gentleman, a philosopher, a working bishop, and a champion of the church. She outlines his final days, and also includes two hymns by Synesius and a chronological summary of events.

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Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive biography of Synesius of Cyrene
  • Explores his life as a philosopher and bishop
  • Contains his letters and other writings

Product Details

  • Title: Synesius of Cyrene, Philosopher and Bishop
  • Author: Alice Gardner
  • Series: The Fathers for English Readers
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1886
  • Pages: 198
  • Resource Type: Biographies
  • Topic: Early Church

About Alice Gardner

Alice Gardner (1854–1927) was an English historian and teacher whose linguistic acumen made her a significant figure in academia. She graduated at the top of her class from Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1879. She taught at Plymouth High School and Bedford College, London. From 1884 to 1914, she taught and directed studies in history at Newnham College. During World War I, she worked in the Foreign Office, and in 1915 she took charge of the history department at Bristol University. Bristol University awarded her an honorary MA and appointed her as reader in Byzantine studies. She was a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and member of its council, as well as vice president of the Historical Association.

Gardner wrote two history books for children and many other works, including Julian: Emperor and Philosopher, Theodore of Studium: His Life and Times, and The Lascarids of Nicaea. She was the first to make the Eastern Mediterranean writings of the Byzantine era accessible to an English-speaking audience, and her translations are still in use today.

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