Aesthetics and Theurgy in Byzantium (Byzantinisches Archiv) by Sergei Mariev, Wiebke-Marie Stock

By Sergei Mariev, Wiebke-Marie Stock

In comparisonwith the wave of analysis devoted to the aesthetics of the Latin center a while, Byzantine aesthetics has to be thought of a comparatively new and nonetheless mostly unexplored topic. The contributions assembled within the current quantity record the transforming into examine curiosity during this box and current a large choice of matters and methodologies that would be of curiosity to scholars and students of the philosophy, paintings, and literature of overdue Antiquity and the Byzantine period.


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B. Sekundäre Textpartien im Corpus Pseudo-Dionysiacum? Literarkritische Beobachtungen zu ausgewählten Textstellen. Göttingen, 1975, 102–110, esp. p. 103, n. 4; D and W, see n. 1, 8 and n. 34). R criticises D and W (T. R. Eros as Hierarchical Principle: A Re-evaluation of Dionysius’ Neoplatonism. ), and so does D (F. D. Methexis, Rationalität und Mystik in der Kirchlichen Hierarchie des Dionysius Areopagita. Berlin, 2011, 325, n. 724). Cf. D A, see n. -A.

A Reply to Hieromonk Alexander’s Reply, see n. 46). Theurgy and Aesthetics in Dionysios the Areopagite  immaterial gift or light. The thoroughness of sacred discipleship indicates the immense contemplative capacity of the mind. Order and rank here below are signs of the harmonious ordering toward the divine realm. 68 The sensible beauty is an image of divine beauty – that is, of course, a Platonic idea – but in Dionysios this includes also the rites of the hierarchy:69 Having looked on the fine exterior appearance of this splendid and sacred ceremony, let us now gaze into its more divine beauty.

Cf. also p. 2, footnote 10 for a bibliography on Chumnos. C, see n. 1. Already V emphasized the rhetorical value of Chumnos’ philosophical writing: in Chumnos’ day, philosophy was pervaded by rhetoric and reduced to the role of ancilla theologiae. (Cf. J. V. Nicéphore Choumnos, homme d’État et humaniste byzantin. ) Cf. also A and R, see n. 2, 12. On the relationship between philosophy and rhetoric cf. L. P. La rhétorique de l’éloge dans le monde gréco-romain.

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