Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos

Frothingham F. Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos. -1886

71 would not need to be surprised at the non-appearance of the
supposed Greek original. This latter supposition seems the
most plausible, after a careful study of the text: the only
valid objection would be the existence of any traces of a
Greek text. I have found an apparent one, but its value
is so questionable that it can hardly weigh in the balance.
In a Latin catalogue of Greek MSS. existing at Constanti¬
nople towards 1600 we find the following title1): //Explicatio
S. Cyrilli Arciepiscopi Alexandriae in S. Hierotheum Areo¬
pagitam.” There are two objections to this being a reliable
proof. 1) This work of Cyril is necessarily an imposture,
as he lived more than a half-century before Bar Sudaili
and Pseudo-Dionysios, and consequently it may have been
written by some monk, a follower of Bar Sudaili’s doctrine,
as an additional prop to the stage-work of his fiction. 2) There
seems to have existed some confusion between the persons
of Hierotheos and Dionysios; in evidence of which we will give a
passage from Pseudo-Dionysios quoted in an early Syriac MS.
(IX century) as by Hierotheos *), and furthermore in this 1 21) Antonii Possevini, Apparatus Sacer. Coloniae Agrippinae 1608.
T. II; in fine, p. 46, under the heading: »Ex catalogo Librorum variis
in locis Constantinopoli extantium, qui sunt graece MS. quique a Gram¬
matico fuere exhibiti. 2) Brit. Mus. Add. 17,191 (of IX or X cent.) f. 64: tcaabur? rei&re'a : atAvaiox.ii . ooGK&' ca.iuK' »cn jSa . ,oo . Kiviis p^virc'. f