Peter the Iberian

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Peter the Iberian


Born 412; died 488. Christian theologian and philosopher. Son of a Georgian king.

Peter spent his youth in Constantinople, where he studied Greek, philosophy, and other subjects. A Georgian school of philosophy was founded in Syria under his supervision. The Soviet scholar Sh. Nutsubidze and the Belgian scholar E. Honig-mann believe that Peter is the author of theological and philosophic works ascribed to Dionysius the Areopagite.


Petre Iberieli. Shromebi, t’argm. (Translated by Ep’rem Mc’irisa.) Tbilisi, 1961.


“Zhitie Petra I vera, podvizhnika i episkopa maiiumskogo V veka.” In Pravoslavnyi Palestinskii sbornik, vol. 16, fasc. 2. St. Petersburg, 1896.
Honigmann, E. Petr Iver i sochineniia Psevdo-Dionisiia Areopagita. Tbilisi, 1955 (Translated from French.)
Nutsubidze, Sh. I. Petr Iver i antichnoefilosofskoe nasledie. Tbilisi, 1963.
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