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Wessel, Susan

Works: 5 works in 58 publications in 2 languages and 2,562 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Translator
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Most widely held works by Susan Wessel
Leo the Great and the spiritual rebuilding of a universal Rome by Susan Wessel( )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 1,480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leo the Great responded to the crisis of the western empire by replacing secular Rome with a Christian universal Rome that could survive its political demise. His humanitarian theology emphasizing the human nature of Christ made this universal Rome legitimate
Cyril of Alexandria and the Nestorian controversy : the making of a saint and of a heretic by Susan Wessel( )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susan Wessel recounts the historical and cultural process by which Cyril of Alexandria was elevated to canonical status while his opponent, Nestorius, bishop of Constantinople, was turned into a heretic. She argues that it was Cyril's mastery of rhetoric and politics alike which ensured his victory over his adversary
Passion and compassion in early Christianity by Susan Wessel( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines how the early Christian elite articulated and cultivated the affective dimensions of compassion in a Roman world that promoted emotional tranquillity as the path to human flourishing. Drawing upon a wide range of early Christians from both east and west, Wessel situates each author in the broader cultural and intellectual context. The reader is introduced to the diverse conditions in which Christians felt and were urged to feel compassion in exemplary ways, and in which warnings were sounded against the possibilities for distortion and exploitation. Wessel argues that the early Christians developed literary methods and rhetorical techniques to bring about appropriate emotional responses to human suffering. Their success in this regard marks the beginning of affective compassion as a Christian virtue. Comparison with early modern and contemporary philosophers and ethicists further demonstrates the intrinsic worth of the early Christian understanding of compassion
The Greek life of St. Leo Bishop of Catania (BHG 981b) by Alexander Alexakis( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Greek Life of St. Leo of Catania is an unusual piece of hagiography, equally distributed between the depiction of the deeds of the Saint and the antics of his rival, the magician Heliodorus, who in some respects foreshadows the character of Dr. Faust. This elegant work could possibly emanate from the Iconophile circles of Constantinople, written towards the end of the Second Iconoclasm (c. 838-842) against the Iconoclast Patriarch John VII, the Grammarian, whose alias is suggested to be the magician Heliodorus. The volume includes a thorough investigation of the manuscript tradition, a critical edition, and an English translation (by Prof. Susan Wessel) of the text ; in the Commentary emphasis is placed on the parallel sources and the material found in the Greek magical papyri that underlies most of the magical stories of Heliodorus, stories which appear for the first time in European literature and resurface four centuries later in Western European tales about Virgil the Necromancer. The Appendix includes the critical edition and annotated translation of the Laudatio Leonis Ep. Cataniae (BHG 981d)"--Page 4 of cover
The morality of disgust in Jerome and John Chrysostom by Susan Wessel( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.21 (from 0.04 for Leo the Gr ... to 0.96 for The morali ...)

Leo the Great and the spiritual rebuilding of a universal Rome
Cyril of Alexandria and the Nestorian controversy : the making of a saint and of a heretic
Alternative Names
Wessel, S.