Authenticity, Platonism, and Plotinus


in John of Scythopolis and the Dionysian Corpus

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269700
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683756 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Authenticity, Platonism, and Plotinus

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This chapter examines the role of authenticity, Platonism, and Plotinus in John of Scythopolis' overall strategy in commenting on the works of Dionysius. John has defended the Dionysian corpus against criticism about its authenticity by asserting and illustrating that Eusebius did not know every previous book. This chapter summarizes John's relationship to Neoplatonic philosophy and his explicit references to Greek philosophers in his defence of the use of pagan philosophical terminology and concepts in the corpus and investigates his alleged dialogue with Plotinus.

Keywords: John of Scythopolis; Dionysian Corpus; authenticity; Platonism; Plotinus; Eusebius; Neoplatonic philosophy; Dionysius

Chapter.  17463 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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