Dionysius the Areopagite

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Dionysius the Areopagite was the judge of the Areopagus who, as related in Acts, xvii, 34, was converted to Christianity by the preaching of Saint Paul. According to Dionysius of Corinth, quoted by Eusebius, Historia Ecclesiae III: iv, this Dionysius then became a bishop of Athens.

Over the course of time, a series of famous Neoplatonic writings of a mystical nature was ascribed to the Areopagite. They were long known to be a later fabrication in his name (pseudepigrapha) and so were attributed to "Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite". The Pseudo-Dionysius has been identified with various people in the past, but more recent conjecture ties him to an obscure Georgian writer named Peter the Iberian, a Georgian Bishop of Majum (452-491).

Dionysius was also popularly mis-identified with the martyr of Gaul, Dionysius, the first Bishop of Paris, Saint Denis.

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