A member of the court of the Areopagus at Athens, converted under the preaching of Paul, Ac 17:34. Tradition says that he was eminent for learning, that he was ordained by Paul at Athens, and after many labors and trials, suffered martyrdom by fire. The works ascribed to him are spurious, being the product of some unknown writer in the fourth or fifth century.
Member of the supreme court at Athens, converted under the preaching of Paul. Ac 17:34.
(devoted to Dionysus, i.e., Bacchus) the Areop'agite,
an eminent Athenian, converted to Christianity by the preaching of St. Paul. (A.D. 52.) He is said to have been first bishop of Athens. The writings which were once attributed to him are now confessed to be the production of some neo-Platonists of the sixth century.
DIONYSIUS, the Areopagite, a convert of St. Paul, Ac 17:34. Chrysostom declares Dionysius to have been a citizen of Athens, which is credible, because the judges of the Areopagus generally were so. After his conversion, Dionysius was made the first bishop of Athens; having laboured, and suffered much in the Gospel, he is said to have been burnt at Athens, A.D. 95. The works attributed to Dionysius are generally reputed spurious.