The momentous encounter between Christian thought and Greek philosophy reached a high point in fourth-century Byzantium, and the principal actors were four Greek-speaking Christian thinkers whose collective influence on the Eastern Church was comparable to that of Augustine on Western Latin Christendom. In this erudite and informative book, a distinguished scholar provides the first coherent account of the lives and writings of these so-called Cappadocians, showing how they managed to be Greek and Christian at the same time.
Penny (National Gallery, London) has produced an unusual and very interesting book. He considers sculpture in relation to its medium: the benefits and limitations of various materials as they influence the final product. Focusing chiefly on the arts of the West, he includes chapters on different types of stone, wood, ivory, and plastic. Penny is an observant and careful writer who has closely examined his subject. He writes clearly and well for all audiences, and the plates are generally very good or better. Highly recommended.-- Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.