The confusion about Dionysius was caused by abbot Hilduin of Saint-Denis
(814-844), who, unconsciously, conflated Dionysius the Areopagite and
Dionysius, bishop of Paris, into one person.
Here are some references concerning the Dionysius problem:
Jeauneau, E., Pierre Abélard à Saint-Denis, in: Abélard en son temps, Actes
de colloque international, Paris, 1981.
Loenertz, R.L., La légende parisienne de saint Denys l'aréopagite, sa genèse
et son premier témoin, in: Acta Bollandiana, 69, 1951, p. 217ff.
Théry, G., Ètudes dionysiennes: Hilduin, traducteur de Denys, Tome I et II,
Bedae Venerabilis expositio Actuum Apostolorum, PL 92, col 981; CCL 121,
73f.;Laistner, L.W., Cambridge, Mass, 1939
Rescriptum Hilduini, MPL 106, col. 17f.
Letter of Abelard to abbot Adam of Saint-Denis, PL 178, col 341ff.
The problems of the last letter are discussed by Smits, E.R., Peter Abelard,
Letters IX-XIV, 137ff.
I hope this helps.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marjorie Greene" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, January 29, 2001 11:37 PM
Subject: Saint Denis
> I have it in my head that Dionysius the Areopagite,
> Dionysius (Denys) the first bishop of "Paris," and
> Pseudo-Dionysius were all conflated into one person,
> much to the delight (and use) of the monks of
> Saint-Denis. I also know that Abelard pointed (some
> of) this out to them, much to their annoyance. Am I
> correct in assuming that all three were conflated into
> one person, i.e. the patron of the abbey of S-D? And
> who did the conflating and when was it written down?
> Many thanks in advance for any enlightenment.
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