WHAT ST. BASIL KNEW
from In Famen 69 C.
Translated from the Greek by James Sutton
—from Rattle #77, Fall 2022
Tribute to Translation
Basil of Caesarea (330–379) was a bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor. He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church, fighting against both Arianism and the followers of Apollinaris of Laodicea. | James Sutton: “St. Basil was an Early Church Father and a poet. This translation is from one of his epistles. I translated it because I thought it applied to Ronald Reagan and his comment about the homeless preferring to sleep on grates. By some miracle, the epistle translated perfectly into the sonnet form.”