III. THE FOURTH AND FIFTH CENTURIES

THE summary of the Greek Fathers by the last of them was essential to their later currency. Not even the Greek- speaking East could have dispensed with St. John of Damascus. The Byzantine mind, clerical and lay, was first of all theological. And Byzantine theology after St. John's time was always thoroughly traditional. It looked to the Fathers of the Golden Age for guidance in its problems. It found that guidance effective for the most part only with St. John's Summa. Not every Greek theologian could have kept the Fathers on his finger-tips.

The West too was to need St. John. From an early date it needed more. Greek was dying visibly in the West from the middle of the second century. Latin translations of cherished Greek Fathers began to appear soon after, language being only the earliest foretaste of the separation of the East and the West. Differences in character, mutually irritating, which

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