Vocabula Mira: “Gastrimargia” – St John Cassian on Fasting

One of the Greek words for “gluttony” is “γαστριμαργία”, a compound derived from “γαστρ- – stomach” and “μάργος – mad, furious”: hence, “madness of the belly.” St John Cassian, whose feast we noted yesterday, was fluent in both Greek and Latin, but when he wrote his Institutes, he preferred to transcribe the term into Latin […]