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1) The neoplatonic Hegias as writer of the Corpus Areopagiticum recently proposed by E.S. Mainoldi is a feeble hypothesis, while the arguments for Damascius’ authorship remain unrefuted. 2) In the age of Justinian Christian non-clerical intellectuals looked at theological disputes as unsolvable and as threats to social peace. 3) Dionysius’ serenity is almost isolated in patristic literature. 4) The mocking laugh, which ends Epistle VIII, is announced in advance. 5) Establishing ultimate items in Damascius’ aporetic philosophy is a desperate task. 6) Dionysius and Damascius share the same inconstancies in syntax of moods and negative conjunctions. 7) The “triple Mithras” referred to in Epistle VII is connected with Zoroastrian millenarianism. 8) Among the God’s names Dionysius avoid “Father” as it suggests a kind of natural connection with humans. 9) If God is unknowable, how can Christ be predicated God? He is rather our intellectual life.
keywordsHegias, Damascius, Dionysius Areopagita, Justinian, Mithra.
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