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Sheldon-Williams, I.P., trans., Periphyseon (De Divisione Naturae), Liber Secundus (Scriptores Latini Hiberniae 9. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)

Text name(s): Periphyseon; De Divisione Naturae

Number of pages of primary source text: 209

Author(s): 

Dates: 850 - 877

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Greek
  • Latin

Translation: 

  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: Facing page

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • British Isles
  • France
  • Ireland

County/Region: 

Record Types: 

  • Philosophic Work

Subject Headings: 

  • Classics / Humanism
  • Philosophy / Theology
  • Women / Gender

Apparatus: 

  • Introduction

Comments: 

Written by a ninth-century Irish scholar working in France, Periphyseon is a theological/philosophical text which organizes all of nature based on its relationship to the process of creation and discusses the soul’s relationship to God in terms heavily influenced by Platonic thought. Book 2 discusses the doctrine of the Trinity, sexual differentiation and the sex/asexuality of the body after resurrection, commentary on the first three days of Creation in Genesis.

Introduction Summary: 

Cataloger: JMG

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