Dionysius the Areopagite's On the Divine Names

Dionysius the Areopagite's On the Divine Names

*Please note that this course will run only if two or more students enroll.

NB: The course will begin June 25th (a week later than the official beginning of this Summer term).

Course Description: This is a continuation of the previous course on the same text. We'll resume at Chapter 1, Section 6, line 17 ed. Lilla (= 119.5 ed. Suchla): καί γε καὶ ἐν νόοις αὐτὸν εἶναί φασι, καὶ ἐν ψυχαῖς; new students are expected to have read thus far at least in a translation. Sight reading is not required, home preparation is essential. This course is conducted on Zoom, by enrolling you agree that all the sessions be recorded and posted in the public domain; you may find the recordings of all the previous sessions here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlvrTlip221Od1t2QfPRp_LuXIZKn5Hhg
The course is an exercise in slow reading. Students are to read and translate in turn from the original; then follows a detailed analysis of each passage, from the discussion of the nuances of its grammar/syntax to the assessment of its theological force.


Level: This class is intended for students with upper-intermediate to advanced knowledge of Attic / Byzantine Greek. Students may differ as regards their respective levels of proficiency; yet in class everyone is supposed to read and translate in turn. Sight reading is not required, home preparation is essential.

Textbook:Dionysii Areopagitae De divinis nominibus; praefationem, textum, apparatus, Anglicam versionem instruxit Salvator Lilla; edenda curavit Claudius Moreschini (Alessandria : Edizioni dell'Orso, [2018]), 1-116.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

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Arkadi Choufrine

Born and grew up in Leningrad, USSR. Was among the founders and faculty of the first independent School of Religion and Philosophy in that country (1989). M.A. in Patristics, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, NY; Ph.D. in Early History of Christian Doctrine, Princeton Theological Seminary. Publications include: a monograph on Clement of Alexandria (American and Russian editions); an annotated translation of Ambiguum 7 by Maximus Confessor (two Russian editions). From 2004 to 2016 was a regular participant of the Classical Philosophy Reading Group at Princeton. Teaching at Telepaideia on Plato and Aristotle since Spring 2017.