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Basil the Great (4th century CE) was the bishop of Caesarea and an influential theologian. He is one of the four Cappadocian Fathers, together with his younger brother, Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory of Nazianzus. He is also one of the Great Church Fathers of the Eastern Church, along with Athanasius of Alexandria, Gregory of Nazianzus and John Chrysostom. Rubens portrayed all these church fathers and the four church fathers of the Western Church in his works for St. Charles Borromeo Church. In Greek tradition he brings gifts to children every January 1st. On this day, the Greeks also serve Vasilópita, a rich bread with a coin hidden inside.


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