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(Greek ἱεραρχία; hierarchía) Originally, the term meant ‘sacred order’. The term hierarchy, which is not attested before late antiquity, was first defined in the late 5th cent. AD by the Neoplatonist (Pseudo-)Dionysius [54] Areopagites in his treatises Perì tês ouranías hierarchías and Perì tês ekklēsiastikḗs hierarchías: the hierarchy is a holy ranking that reflects divine beauty. All beings participate in God as the creator of the hierarchy and are ranked according to their participation in God. The hierarch is the man ins…

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Rosenberger, Veit (Augsburg), “Hierarchy”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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