I don’t know how many of you out there in blog-land are actually reading along with me on the 101 mystics, but just in case someone is… I had set up my chronological list of mystics with Evagrius Ponticus coming before Gregory of Nyssa. But in researching Evagrius, I’ve realized that he was a student of the Cappadocian Father Gregory of Naziansus — and Gregory of Nyssa was also a Cappadocian. So I went back to my notes and realized that Gregory was in fact 10 years older than Evagrius, and so should have come first on the list. Yes, yes, I know that after 1650 years what difference does a decade make, and if there were no relationship between Gregory and Evagrius I probably wouldn’t care who I read first. But given that Evagrius actually was a student of Gregory’s Cappadocian colleague, I think it makes more sense to read Gregory of Nyssa first.
So that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll post a more in-depth intro to Gregory either tonight or tomorrow. But for now, put your Evagrius back on the shelf, and dust off your copy of Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of Moses, ‘cuz that’s what I’m reading next.
And now, if any of you have any lingering doubts that I (like most writers) am geek-obsessive for nitpicky details, you can rest your weary minds.