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As there exists an akolouthia of creation, understood as a regular progression towards the good, so too there exists in contrast, according to our author, another process of disintegration: the genealogy of sin and  akolouthia death that has its origin in the sin of Adam. Thus the term of akolouthia will have an important function within Gregory’s theology, helping to explain the reality of original sin and its transmission. We can observe the ambivalence of Gregory’s use of akolouthia in his interpretation of history: this can be a process of either growth or corruption.

The rules of its interpretation can never lose sight of the origin of its end. On this basis all  allegory that we affirm must necessarily be significant, useful and not unworthy of God—these rules had already been taught in the schools of antiquity for Homeric exegesis. Despite this, allegorical exegesis always remains fragmentary and offers only a foretaste of the divine reality; thus Gregory describes it with images. In Cant he compares it to the treatment of grain to make it edible for human beings.

Virg : GNO VIII/, , –). Scripture itself uses this same image (cf. –) (Cant prol: GNO VI, , –). The literal text and the interior meaning, according to Paul, are in a reciprocal relationship like that of body and soul. Both require nutrition, but only the allegory makes the word enjoyable and useful for the soul. In Eun it is the plumage of the peacock which serves as analogy. It presents a completely normal external appearance. Only when it unfolds, does one see the splendor of its various colours (Eun II, –: GNO II2, ,–,).

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