Pseudo-Dionysius as Polemicist
The Development and Purpose of the Angelic Hierarchy in Sixth Century Syria
By (author) Rosemary A. Arthur Professor Geoffrey Samuel
Series edited by Revd Jeff Astley
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Pseudo-Dionysius as Polemicist by Rosemary A. Arthur
Book DescriptionThe anonymous theologian known as Pseudo-Dionysius, who was responsible for arranging the angelic hierarchy into nine orders, had a significant influence on mediaeval European mysticism. This book places him in his religious and political context in sixth century Syria, and uncovers the hidden agenda which lies behind his writings. New evidence is presented to establish the dating of the corpus more accurately than has been done before. Rather than analysing the minutiae of Dionysius' thought, Rosemary Arthur focuses on his sources for, and treatment of, the Angelic Hierarchy and the Dazzling Darkness, with a view to ascertaining his motive for writing, his relationship with his opponents and his need to hide his identity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780754662587
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Rosemary A. Arthur
Having originally studied chemistry, Rosemary Arthur later became interested in theology, and returned to London University, obtaining a BD in 1992. This was followed by an MA in Mediaeval English in 1993, specializing in the Anglo-Saxon church. Her doctoral research was carried out at King's College London under the supervision of Dr Graham Gould and she was awarded a PhD in 1998.
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