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Title: L'agiografia di Dionigi fra Oriente e Occidente
Subtitle: Breve studio del suo sviluppo ed edizione del panegirico di Michele Sinchello (BHG 556)
Author(s): PODOLAK, Pietro
Journal: Byzantion
Volume: 85    Date: 2015   
Pages: 179-258
DOI: 10.2143/BYZ.85.0.3117803

Abstract :
According to a legend attested up till the 19th century, Dionysius the Areopagite is not just a disciple of St Paul and the author of the Corpus Dionysiacum, but also the apostle of the Gauls, the first bishop of Paris and a cephalophore martyr. Such multiple identity is the result of a long and interesting process of stratification of different elements arising from a wrong identification. The article aims to reconstruct the diffusion in the East of the legend of Dionysius as it is elaborated in the West between 820 and 830. For this purpose, the Latin passions Gloriosae (BHL 2171), and Post beatam et gloriosam (BHL 2178) are taken into account, as well as the latter’s Greek translation Μετὰ μακαρίαν καὶ ἐνδοξοτάτην (BHG 554) and the Panegyric by Michael the Synkellos (BHG 556). Synkellos’ Panegyric is edited here for the first time since the editio princeps by Godefroid Tilmann (Paris 1547), viz. in a critical edition based on the complete collation and genealogic study of the manuscript tradition, supplied with an introduction that aims to elucidate all the problems concerning chronology, composition and sources of the text.

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