St. Nicholas Cabasilas
Born c. 1320/1323, Nicholas Cabasilas was a Byzantine layman whose
Commentary on the Divine Liturgy
and Life in Christ are a part of a
tradition of lay theology in the Eastern church. A student under his
maternal uncle, Archbishop Neilos (or Nilus) of Thessalonica, Cabasilas
also studied in Constantinople, where he learned rhetoric, astronomy and
law in addition to theology. He supported John VI Catacuzenus in the civil
war between him and John V Paleologus; Cabasilas also championed
hesychasm. Cabasilas was a poet, and his prose works on subjects like
usury show an awareness of and concern for social issues. He died in
Constantinople after 1391.
Karen Rae Keck
- Liturgiæ expositio (A Commentary on the Divine Liturgy ). PG 150:367-492.
- De vita in Christo libri septem (The Life in Christ). PG 150:493-726.
- Oratio contra feneratores (Against Usurers ). PG 150:727-50.
- Vita S. Theodoræ (Life of St. Theodora ). PG 150:753-72.
- In Gregoræ deliramenta (On the Nonsense of Gregoras ). PG 150:355-62. Only a
fragment of the text is in Migne; also, the text is now attributed to Nilus Cabasilas.
- De dissidio ecclesiarum lib. 1 (Illegal Acts of Officials Against Things Sacred ). PG
Formerly attributed to Nilus Cabasilas and now believed to be the work of Nicholas Cabasilas.
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