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The works of Dionysius the Areopagite

The works of Dionysius the Areopagite

Introduction to vol. 1


translated by Rev. John Parker, M.A.

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The works of Dionysius the Areopagite




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The works of Dionysius the Areopagite

Introduction to vol. 1



THE WORKS

OF

DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE,

NOW FIRST TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH,
FROM THE ORIGINAL GREEK,

BY THE

REV. JOHN PARKER, M.A.,

Author of

"Christianity Chronologically Confirmed."
"Why am I a Christian ?" "Dionysius the Areopagite. "

"How charming is Divine Philosophy!
Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose,
But musical as is Apollo's lute."

James Parker and Co,
6 SOUTHAMPTON-STREET, STRAND, LONDON;
AND 27 BROAD-STREET, OXFORD. 

1897.


My thanks are due to Miss M. C. DawesM. A., for careful
revision of the translation.


DEDICATED

TO

L'ABBÉ J. FABRE D'ENVIEU,

HON. CANON OF ST. DENIS,

IN THANKFUL RECOGNITION

OF THE

CONFIRMATION GIVEN TO THE FAITH, BY HIS

"LIVRE DU PROPHÈTE DANIEL."

Felix es Gallia! quae, tantos et tales meruisti suscipere
sacerdotes.



PRINCIPAL WORKS ON DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE.

Editions. 

Venice. Antwerp. Migne (Paris).

Translations. 

Syriac. 

Sergius of Ras'ain, A.D. 530. B. Mus. Add. 12151-2, 22370. 

Latin. 

Johannes Scotus.
Johannes Sarracinus.
Ambrosius Camaldulensis.
Balthasar Corderius.
Ficinnus.
Fabure Stapulensis.

Paraphrase. 

Cel. and Ecc. Hier., Dean Colet 

French. 

Frère Jean de St. François.
Monseigneur Darboy.
L'Abbé Dulac.

German. 

Dr. Ceslaus Maria Schneider. 

English. 

Dean Colet by Rev. J. H. Lupton.
Rev. J. Parker.

Commentaries. 

John of Scythopolis, 490.
Joseph Huzaja.
Phocas, bar. Sergius of Edessa.
John, Bishop of Dara.
Theodore, bar. Zarudi of Edessa.
Hugo of St. Victor.
John of Salisbury.
Robert of Lincoln.
St. Thomas Aquinas.
Albertus Magnus.
Dionysius Carthusianus.

Scholia.

Dionysius, Bishop of Alexandria, A.D. 250.
Sergius of Ras'ain.
Maximus.
Pachymera.

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BOOKS TO BE READ

Vindiciae Areopagaticae, 1702.

Hilduinus Areopagatica, 9th Century, Galenus, 1563.

L'Abbé Barras, St. Denis, premier evêque de Paris, 1863. Vives. Paris. 

J, Baltenweck, La question de l'authenticité des écrits Rixheim, J. Sutter.

Vidieu, St. Denis l'Areopagite, 1889. Firmin Didot. 

Canon Bernard, St. Trophime d'Arles, 1888. 

Schneider, "Areopagitica," Regensburg, 1884. 

Manz. Jahn, "Dionysiaca," 1889. 

Altona. Millet, "Responsio ad De duobus Dionysiis," 1642. 

Pearson, "Ignatii vindiciae," with two letters of "Vossius." Cambridge.

Erasmus, "Ratio verae, religionis," and "Institutio." 

Hippolytus, " Refutation of all heresies," 1859. Göttingen.

Dexter's Chronicon, Migne, Tom. 31. 

Myrothecum sacrorum Elaeochrismaton, 1625-7. 

The Conversion of India, George Smith, C.I.E., John Murray, 1893.

WORKS AGAINST GENUINENESS.

Launoy, 1660.

Daillé, 1666.

Montet, 1848.

Hipler, 1861.

Nirschl, 1888, Histpolit Blatter, p. 172-184, and p. 257-270 1.
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In British Museum there are about 30 Editions, and 40 Treatises, and the Book of Hierotheus (Add. Rich. 7189), translation of which is promised by Professor A. L. Frothingham. Leyden, E. J. Brill.

In Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 12 Editions. Avignon, 16 Editions, between 1498 and 1600. Leyden, superb MSS. with marginal scholia, 15th century.

In Rome there are many editions. Unfortunately the Codex produced at the Greek and Latin Council, in the Lateran, A.D. 660, is not in the Vatican, the whole Library in the tower of Santa Francisca having been destroyed in 1219. There is, in the Vatican, a letter in Latin from Dionysius to St. Paul, in which he speaks of the beauty of the blessed Virgin, no doubt as seen in death. There is another pathetic letter to Timothy describing the martyrdom of St. Paul, and his own desolation. In the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, there is an autobiography in Syriac, in which it is stated that when St. Paul described the Crucifixion in his speech at Athens, Dionysius sent to fetch his notes, made in Egypt, which were publicly read and found to agree with St. Paul, both as to day and hour. It says, St. Paul's visit to Athens was fourteen years after the darkness in Egypt, which would place the conversion of Dionysius A.D. 44.


CONTENTS

PRINCIPAL WORKS ON DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE

PAGE V

BOOKS TO BE READ

vi

WORKS AGAINST GENUINENESS

ib.

Preface to the "Divine Names"

ix

DIVINE NAMES

1

Note ---- Ignatius

128

Preface to Mystic Theology

129

MYSTIC THEOLOGY

130

Preface to the Letters of Dionysius the Areopagite

139

LETTERS OF DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE

141

Preface to Liturgy

185

LITURGY OF ST DIONYSIUS, BISHOP OF THE ATHENIANS

187

OBJECTIONS TO GENUINENESS

202


1     See Science de Dieu, Schneider II. vol. p. 229. Manz, 1886.




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