Dionysius the Areopagite
A member of the council of the Areopagus, he came to believe during Paul's visit to Athens (Acts 17:34). One early source states he became bishop of Athens, and later writers claim his martyrdom. The tradition that he became bishop of Paris has been rejected.
DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE dī’ ə nĭ shəs (Διονύσιος, G1477, related to Dionysus, god of vegetation). By his title prob. a member of the council of the Areopagus and a convert of Paul at Athens (
He is one of a number of prominent men who are mentioned by Luke as converts (
Christian and Neoplatonic writings of three or four centuries later were attributed to him. On the Celestial Hierarchy, On the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, On the, On the Mystical Theology were widely read and influential throughout the . Many commentaries were written on them from the 9th cent. on. The real author may have been the monophysite Peter the Iberian, 411-491.
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologia graeca III-V (1857); E. Honigmann, Pierre l’ Ibérien et les écrits du Pseudo-Denys l’ Aréopagite (1952); W. Volker, Kontemplation und Ekstase bei Ps.-Dionysius Areopagita (1958).