After death he [Gregory Thaumaturgos] sojourned in alien tombs and having rejected earthly possessions, he was not buried in his ownplace. His sole honor was to be completely untainted by greed. (J.54.12-15) Although this passage indicates the absence of a particular location for the saint's resting place, the panegyric delivered by Gregory of Nyssa most likely took place in the church of Neo-Caesarea
. However, Gregory mentions a precise historical location or that place inwhich he was delivering his address:When in our lifetime the city suffered a severe earthquake and almost every public and private building was completely destroyed, the templealone remained unscathed and unshaken, thereby testifying to that great man's strength and vigor. (J.28.7-11)Gregory, who was later attributed with the name of Thaumaturgos or Wonderworker, was most likely born with the name of Theodore andreceived the name of Gregory at baptism. His date of birth was approximately the year 213 and came from a high-ranking pagan family atNeocaesarea in Pontos or what today is modern Turkey. On his way to visit Berytos (Beirut) in Phoenicia to pursue studies in law, Gregoryended up in Palestinian Caesarea shortly after Origen had settled there from Alexandria. This newly transferred school already had exerted amagnetic attraction throughout the Mediterranean world as a center for Christian education. The youth from Pontos became so enamoredby Origen that he remained for five years under his tutelage. Gregory passed his time studying philosophy which, if lived in accord withreason, brings rewards far greater than any conferred by wealth or success. As G.L. Prestige has remarked, the still youthful pupil honors hismaster by saying that "Gregory's soul was knit to that of Origen as Jonathan's was to David"
. At the end of his five year stay with thismaster of Christian exegesis, the future bishop wrote of him in his panegyric, Address to Origen:Like some spark kindled within my soul there was kindled and blazed forth my love both toward him [Christ], most desirable of all for hisbeauty unspeakable, the Word holy and altogether lovely, and toward this man [Origen] his friend and prophet...One thing only was dear andaffected by me: philosophy and its teacher, this divine man