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Text and Translations

  • Patrologia Graeca, v. 3–4, ed. J. P. Migne, Paris 1857–66.
  • Corpus Dionysiacum I (DN), ed. B. R. Suchla, Berlin: De Gruyter, 1990.
  • Corpus Dionysiacum II (CH, EH, MT, Letters), eds. G. Heil and A. M. Ritter, Berlin: De Gruyter, 1991.
  • Dionysius the Areopagite: The Divine Names and Mystical Theology, trans. C. E. Rolt, London: Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, 1920.
  • Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works, trans. C. Luibheid and P. Rorem, London: Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, 1987.
  • Pseudo-Denys l’Aréopagite. Oeuvres complètes. Traduction, préface et note, Paris: Aubier, 1980. (Scholar)
  • Pseudo-Dionysius: The Divine Names and Mystical Theology, trans. J. Jones, Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 1980.
  • Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagita. Die Namen Gottes, trans. B. R. Suchla, Stuttgart: Hiersemann, 1988.
  • Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagita. Uber die himmlische Hierarchie. Uber die Kirchliche Hierarchie, trans. G. Heil, Stuttgart: Hiersemann, 1986.
  • Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagita. Uber die mystische Theologie und Briefe, Stuttgart: Hiersemann, 1994.
  • The Works of Dionysius the Areopagite, trans. J. Parker, London: Parker, 1897.

Patristic and medieval commentaries

  • John of Scythopolis et al., c. 530, Scholia, ed. P. Corderius, Patrologia Cursus Completus, Series Graeca 4, Paris: Migne 1857–91. (Annotations from the Patristic period)
  • Johannes Scottus Eriugena, c. 860–70, Expositiones in Ierarchiam coelestem (Commentaries on CH), ed. J. Barbet, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis 31, Turnhout: Brepols, 1975.
  • Hugh of St. Victor, c.1120–30, Commentariorum in Hierarchiam coelestem Sancti Dionysii Areopagitae (Commentary on CH), Patrologia Cursus Completus, Series Latinus 175, Paris: Migne, 1844–80. (Scholar)
  • Gallus, Thomas, 1242, Thomas Gallus: Grand commentaire sur la Théologie Mystique (Commentary on MT), ed. G. Thery, Paris: Haloua, 1934. (Scholar)
  • Grosseteste, Robert, c. 1240–3, Mystical Theology: The Glosses by Thomas Gallus and the Commentary of Robert Grosseteste on “De Mystica Theologia”, ed. J. McEvoy, Leuven: Peeters, 2003. (Scholar)
  • Albert the Great, c. 1250–60, Super Dionysium de divinis nominibus (Commentary on DN), ed. P. Simon in Opera omnia, vol. 37, part 1, Munster: Aschendorff, 1972. (Scholar)
  • Aquinas, Thomas, c. 1265–8, In librum beati Dionysii De divinis nominibus expositio (Commentary on DN), ed. C. Pera, Turin: Marietti, 1950. (Scholar)
  • Chevallier, P. (ed.), 1937–50, Dionysiaca: Receuil donnant l’ensemble des traditions latines des ouvrages attribués au Denys de l’Aréopagrite, Bruges: Desclée de Brouwer, 2 vols: repr. Stuttgart, 1989 (with translations by Hilduin, Eriugena, John Sarracenus, Grosseteste, Ficino and others.) (Scholar)

Secondary sources

Suggestions for further reading

On the Celestial Hierarchy

  • Battisti, G. S., 1983, “Strutture e figure retoriche nel ‘de Caelesti Hierarchia’ dello Pseudo-Dionigi: Un mezzo di espressione dell’ ontologia Neoplatonica,” Archivio di Filosofia, 51: 293–319. (Scholar)
  • Duclow, D. F., 1994, “Isaiah meets the seraph: Breaking ranks in Dionysius and Eriugena?” Eriugena: East and West, Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 233–52. (Scholar)
  • Lilla, S., 1986, “Note sulla Gerarchia Celeste dello Ps. Dionigi l’Areopagita,” Augustinianum, 26: 519–73. (Scholar)
  • Sheldon-Williams, I. P., 1972, “Henads and Angels: Proclus and the Pseudo-Dionysius,” Studia Patristica, 11: 65–71. (Scholar)

Dionysian Sources: Neoplatonic or Christian?

  • Golitzin, A., 1993, “The Mysticism of Dionysius Areopagita: Platonist or Christian?” Mystics Quarterly, 19: 98–114. (Scholar)
  • Louth, A., 1986, “Pagan Theurgy and Christian Sacramentalism in Denys the Areopagite,” Journal of Theological Studies 37: 432–8. (Scholar)
  • Rist, J., 1992, “Pseudo-Dionysius, Neoplatonism and the Weakness of the Soul,” in H. J. Van Westra (ed.) From Athens to Chartres: Neoplatonism and Medieval Thought, Leiden: E. J. Brill. (Scholar)
  • Saffrey H. D., 1982, ‘New Objective Links between the Pseudo-Dionysius and Proclus’, in D. J. O’Meara (ed.) Neoplatonism and Christian Thought, Norfolk, VA: International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, 65–74. (Scholar)
  • Shaw, G., 1999, “Neoplatonic Theurgy and Dionysius the Areopagite,” Journal of Early Christian Studies, 7: 573–99. (Scholar)

On the Divine Names

  • Corsini, E., 1962, Il trattato ‘De divinis nominibus’ dello Pseudo-Dionigi e i commenti neoplatonici al Parmenide, Torino. (Scholar)
  • Janowitz, N., 1991, “Theories of Divine Names in Origen and Pseudo-Dionysius,” History of Religions, 30 May: 359–372. (Scholar)
  • Suchla, B. R., 1996, “Wahrheit über jeder Wahrheit: Zur philosophischen Absicht der Schrift ‘De Divinis Nominibus’ des Dionysius Areopagita,” Theologische Quartalschrift 176: 205–17. (Scholar)

Ecclesiastical Hierarchy

Influence on Medieval Philosophy



  • Osborne, C., 1994, Eros Unveiled, Oxford: Clarendon. (Scholar)
  • Rist, J., 1966, “A Note on Eros and Agape in the Pseudo-Dionysius,” Vigiliae christianae, 20: 235–43. (Scholar)
  • de Vogel, C. J., 1981, “Greek Cosmic Love and the Christian Love of God,” Vigiliae christianae, 35: 57–84. (Scholar)

Mystical Theology

Postmodern Dionysians

  • Derrida, J., 1987, “Comment ne pas parler: Dénégations,” Psyché: Inventions de l’autre, Galilée: 584–95. (Scholar)
  • Marion, J.-L., 1977, L’idole et la distance, Paris: Editions Bernard Grasset.
  • Marion, J.-L., 1982, Dieu sans l’être: Hors-texte, Paris: Librairie Arthème Fayard. (Scholar)

Symbolic Theology

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