Dionysius the Areopagite
|Saint Dionysius the Areopagite|
Greek icon of St. Dionysius
|Born||around 1st century A.C.|
|Died||around 1st century A.C.|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholicism
|Attributes||Vested as a bishop, holding a Gospel Book|
Dionysius the Areopagite (Greek Διονύσιος ὁ Ἀρεωπαγίτης) was a judge at the court Areopagus in Athens who lived in the first century AD. As related in the Acts of the Apostles, (Acts 17:34), he was converted to Christianity by the preaching of the Apostle Paul during the Areopagus sermon. According to Dionysius of Corinth, quoted by Eusebius, this Dionysius then became the first Bishop of Athens. He is venerated as a saint in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.
In the early 6th century, a series of famous writings of a mystical nature, employing Neoplatonic language to elucidate Christian theological and mystical ideas, was ascribed to the Areopagite. They have long been recognized as pseudepigrapha, and their author is now called "Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite".
Dionysius has been misidentified with the martyr of Gaul, Dionysius, the first Bishop of Paris, Saint Denis. However, this mistake by a ninth century writer is ignored and each saint is commemorated on his respective day.
- Corrigan, Kevin; Harrington, Michael. "Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Works written by or about Dionysius the Areopagite at Wikisource
- Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite the Bishop of Athens Orthodox icon and synaxarion