Publisher: Ashgate, 2007
Edition: Hardcover with dust-jacket. Pp. 140+
Condition: as new
‘Dionysius the Areopagite’ is arguably one of the most mysterious and intriguing figures to emerge from the late antique world. Writing probably around 500 C.E., and possibly connected with the circle of Severus of Antioch, Dionysius manipulates a Platonic metaphysics to describe a hierarchical universe. This metaphysics lends itself to a sacramental system similar to that of the Hellenic ritual, theurgy, which allows humans to reach the divine as it exists in creation. This book discusses the Christian Platonist’s adaptation of Hellenic metaphysics, language, and religious ritual.