Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

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Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite

  • Alexander Treiger
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9729-4_423


Pseudo-Dionysius (active c. 500 CE) is a Greek-writing Christian theologian whose identity remains an unsolved mystery. Under the pseudonym of Dionysius the Areopagite, St. Paul’s Athenian convert (Acts 17:34), he composed four treatises (The Celestial Hierarchy, The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, The Divine Names, and The Mystical Theology) and ten epistles. He may have authored additional treatises, referenced in his extant works, but no traces of these survive, with the possible exception of The Symbolic Theology (Mali 2002). Taken together, Dionysius’ extant writings present a coherent theological system, deeply indebted to Athenian Neoplatonism, in particular to the philosophy of Proclus (Perl 2007; Klitenic Wear and Dillon 2007).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Treiger
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  1. 1.Department of Classics with Religious StudiesDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada