Peter the Iberian

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Peter the Iberian (Petre Iberi or Petre Iberieli in Georgian language, secular name: Murvan. 411-491 A.D.) is thought by some scholars to be the real identity of the Christian neo-Platonic philosopher of the 5th century, who wrote under the assumed identity of Dionysius and is generally known to scholars at "Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite." (There is more information at that entry.)

Petre Iberi was a well-known Georgian theologist and philosopher, founder of the Christian Neoplatonism. He was a Prince of Iberia. His father was the King of Iberia Buzmar.

In 452-491 Peter the Iberian was Bishop of Majum. He was founder of the Georgian Monastery in Palestine, near Bethlehem (430) and author of well-known philosophical work 'Corpus areopagiticum' - main basis of the medieval Christian philosophy. Georgian Professor Shalva Nutsubidze (1888-1969) and Belgian Professor Ernest Honigmann (1892-1954) were authors of well-known theory about the identity of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite and Peter the Iberian (Theory of Nutsubidze-Honigmann, 1942-1952).

See also

Links and Literature

  • Petre Iberi. Works, Tbilisi, 1961 (In Georgian)
  • Ernest Honigmann. Piere l'iberian et les ecrits du Pseudo-Denys l'Areopagite, Bruxelles, 1952
  • Shalva Nutsubidze. Mistery of Pseudo-Dionys Areopagit, Tbilisi, 1942 (In Georgian, summary in English)
  • Shalva Nutsubidze. Peter the Iberian and problems of Areopagitics.- Proceedings of the Tbilisi State University, vol. 65, Tbilisi, 1957 (In Russian)
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