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Fathers of the Church

Epistle LIV: to Nicobulus

Description

A brief letter to Nicobulus.

Provenance

This Nicobulus was a man of great wealth and ability, but much disinclined for public life. Gregory was constantly writing to one and another high official to get him excused from appointments which had been thrust upon him.

by Gregory Nazianzen in Unknown | translated by Charles Gordon Browne, M.A., James Edward Swallow, M.A

To be laconic is not merely, as you suppose, to write few words, but to say a great deal in few words. Thus I call Homer very brief and Antimachus lengthy. Why? Because I measure the length by the matter and not by the letters.

Taken from "The Early Church Fathers and Other Works" originally published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. in English in Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning in 1867. (LNPF II/VII, Schaff and Wace). The digital version is by The Electronic Bible Society, P.O. Box 701356, Dallas, TX 75370, 214-407-WORD.