Prof. Ilaria L.E. Ramelli, FRHistS, holds two MAs, a PhD, a Doctorate h.c., a Postdoctorate, and various Habilitations to Ordinarius. She has been Professor of Roman History, Senior Visiting Professor of Greek Thought at Harvard and Boston University, of Church History at Columbia, and of Religion at Erfurt MWK, Full Professor of Theology and Endowed Chair at the Angelicum, and Senior Fellow at Durham University (twice), at Princeton (2017–), at Sacred Heart University, and at both Corpus Christi and Christ Church in Oxford. She is also a Senior Member of the Centre for the Study of Platonism at Cambridge University, a Humboldt–Forschungspreis Fellow at Erfurt MWK, Senior Fellow at Bonn University (elect), and Professor of Theology (Durham University, Hon.) and of Patristics and Church History (KUL). Recent books include: The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis (Brill 2013), Evagrius’ Kephalaia Gnostika (Brill 2015), The Role of Religion in Shaping Narrative Forms (Mohr Siebeck 2015), Social Justice and the Legitimacy of Slavery (OUP 2016), Evagrius, the Cappadocians, and Neoplatonism (Peeters 2017), A Larger Hope? (Cascade 2019), Bardaisan of Edessa (Gorgias 2009, DeGruyter 2019), T&T Clark Handbook to the Early Church (2021), Eriugena’s Christian Neoplatonism and Its Sources (Peeters 2021), Lovers of the Soul, Lovers of the Body (Harvard 2022), and Patterns of Women’s Leadership in Ancient Christianity (OUP 2021).
This essay focusses on Evagrius Ponticus’ Kephalaia Gnostika and its reception. It will offer some results of novel research into the literary structure of this work, including the issue of its so-called ‘silent chapters,’ as well as into its rhetorical strategies and philosophical theology, in particular its anthropology and conception of bodies, Christology, with a proposal for a new reading of one of the Kephalaia Gnostika, and eschatology, especially Evagrius’ doctrine of apokatastasis. Evagrius inherited the last theory from Origen and Gregory of Nyssa, and integrated it in its own further. The influence of Gregory of Nyssa on Evagrius is an aspect of recent research that has been offered as a contribution to scholarship and should now be taken into account. Finally, a brief look will be given at the literary, and partially theological, legacy of the Kephalaia Gnostika.Subject: Scripta Medieval Studies Linguistic History of Literature Keywords: Evagrius Ponticus’ Kephalaia Gnostika literary form Christology eschato logy anthropology Gregory Nyssen’s influence on Evagrius RECEPTION