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Dionysius Areopagita
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(Pseudo-Dionysius; c. 500 ce), the name associated with a corpus of texts first attested c. 518/28 under the pseudonym of Dionysius the Areopagite, who was converted by Paul (Acts 17:34). Although the author refers to himself only as “Dionyius the Elder” (or “the Presbyter”), by introducing “historical” details, he gives the impression (probably intentionally) that he was a contemporary of the apostle: hence the identification with the “known” Dionysius the Areopagite. This identification became accepted with astonishing rapidity and remained essent…

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Ritter, Adolf Martin, “Dionysius Areopagita”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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