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"On the ecclesiastical hierarchy" : the thirteenth-century Paris textbook edition

Author: Pseudo-Dionysius, the Areopagite.; L Michael Harrington
Publisher: Paris ; Walpole, Mass. : Peeters, 2011.
Series: Dallas medieval texts and translations, 12.
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The medieval fascination with the mysterious language of Dionysius the Areopagite is nowhere more evident than in the thirteenth-century textbook edition of his treatise on liturgical rites. Dionysius employed unfamiliar Greek to describe people, actions, and texts that would have been perfectly familiar to his readers. The Latin translation used in the thirteenth-century textbook strives to preserve this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Christian literature, Early
History
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Translations into English
Named Person: Pseudo-Dionysius, the Areopagite.; Dionysios Areopagita; Dionysios, Areopagites.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pseudo-Dionysius, the Areopagite.; L Michael Harrington
ISBN: 9789042924819 9042924810
OCLC Number: 724702955
Language Note: Latin with English translation on facing pages.
Description: ix, 296 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The Text: Interruption, Corruption, Obscurity --
Themes: Faith, Beauty, Likeness --
Notes on the Present Edition --
Bibliography of Selected Works --
Abbreviations and Table of Sigla --
Text --
Notes --
Appendix A: Omitted Scholia --
Appendix B: Relevant Scholia.
Series Title: Dallas medieval texts and translations, 12.
Responsibility: introduction, translation, and notes by L. Michael Harrington.

Abstract:

The medieval fascination with the mysterious language of Dionysius the Areopagite is nowhere more evident than in the thirteenth-century textbook edition of his treatise on liturgical rites. Dionysius employed unfamiliar Greek to describe people, actions, and texts that would have been perfectly familiar to his readers. The Latin translation used in the thirteenth-century textbook strives to preserve this unfamiliarity, but commentaries are introduced between the lines and paragraphs, disrupting its ability to bewilder and surprise. These commentaries make the Dionysian text less mysterious, while also slightly altering its meaning. In the hands of the commentators, Dionysius becomes less interested in the aesthetic mystery of the liturgy, and more interested in credal orthodoxy. To read text and commentary together is to confront seven hundred years of competing voices speaking on the nature and purpose of the Christian church.

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