Dionysius the Areopagite


Dionysius the Areopagite

(flourished 1st century) Biblical figure, converted by St. Paul. His conversion at Athens is mentioned in Acts 17:34, and he acquired a posthumous reputation largely through confusion with later Christians similarly named. Around AD 500, a series of influential Greek treatises uniting Neoplatonism and Christian theology were forged in his name; the writer, probably a Syrian monk, is now known as Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite.

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