Archeologizing the Areopagite
Wednesday August 08th 2007, 3:08 am
Filed under: Archeology

I’ll bet you can’t say that headline five times fast.

Israeli archeologists have discovered a sixth-century Byzantine villa with mosaic floors, 15 kilometers south of Jaffa. The area was, at the end of the fifth century, “home to a monk known as Peter the Iberian — a charismatic bishop of Georgian origin who gathered around him a circle of intellectuals. His biography, ‘The Life of Peter the Iberian,’ provides a glimpse into the nature of the community.” Some scholars tag Peter the Iberian (an anti-chalcedonian rebel) to be the real genius behind the works of “Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite.”

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Okay, I’ll admit it. I had to read it twice to be able to say it correctly once. Five times? Surely you jest…

Comment by Peter 08.08.07 @ 11:36 am

How very interesting! How few private homes of the fathers are known.

Comment by Roger Pearse 08.08.07 @ 4:33 pm

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