The “Autobiography” of Dionysius the (Pseudo-)Aereopagite exists in two separate recensions found in three manuscripts. Marc-Antoine Kugener publishes here the Syriac text of the two recensions along with an introduction and a German translation.
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The “Autobiography” of Dionysius the (Pseudo-)Aereopagite was copied often and circulated widely. However, despite it’s popularity, it is known to exist fully only in three Syriac manuscripts. Yet, even these three manuscripts testify to the transmission history of the text because the manuscripts contain two different recensions. Marc-Antoine Kugener publishes here for the first time the Syriac text of the two recensions of the Autobiography. Because two of the three manuscripts contain the same recension, Kugener offers a collated version of the text, though he indicates singular readings for each manuscript with the use of various sigla. Kugener offers a brief introduction to the text, including a discussion of the manuscripts, dating, and authorship. Kugener also appends a later biographical note about Dionysius that comes from a separate tradition, though he notes in the introduction that it is of limited value. Kugener supplements the Syriac text with a German translation and paragraph headings indicating the various topics.