from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Dionysius Known as "the Elder.” 430?-367 B.C. Tyrant of Syracuse (405-367) noted for his campaigns against the Carthaginians in Sicily. His son Dionysius (395?-343?), known as "the Younger,” succeeded him as tyrant in 367 and was exiled in 343 for his despotic rule.
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- proper n. A male given name; much more common in the form Dennis.
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- n. the tyrant of Syracuse who fought the Carthaginians (430-367 BC)
Dionysius is a reminiscent of what was the DÃ©vas (gods) in Indo European Sanskrit mythology; the parental one of all our monotheistsâ€ ™ religions and cultures, being Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, or whatsoever.
In the Christian tradition, it applies to a sixth-century work, The Celestial Hierarchy, supposedly written by a monk from Syria who bears the name of Dionysius, and who has been called the pseudo-Areopagite because legend has it that he was converted to Christianity by St. Paul, on the Areopagus in Athens.
Pseudo-Dionysius from the Greek Fathers, that human nature as such with all its powers and rights was unaffected by the Fall (quod naturalia manent integra), maintained, at least virtually, what the great majority of later Catholic theologians have expressly taught, that the limbus infantium is a place or state of perfect natural happiness.
– Dionysius is said to have been martyred by the Parisii on the Seine, at the place now called Montmartre.
The account which the ancients give of this Dionysius is that he was bred at Athens, had studied astrology in Egypt, where he took notice of the miraculous eclipse at our Saviour's passion, -- that, returning to Athens, he became a senator, disputed with Paul, and was by him converted from his error and idolatry; and, being by him thoroughly instructed, was made the first bishop of Athens.
The invention of a sixth-century Syrian monk, known as Dionysius the Areopagite, this neo-Platonic scheme puts the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones closest to God, followed by the Dominations, Virtues and Powers, with the Principalities, Archangels and garden-variety guardian angels hovering closest to earth.
The anonymous Christian thinker called Dionysius the Areopagite adapts Proclus 'schema of incorporeal beings to the various angels of Judaic-Christian revela - tion.
Pythias, a strong republican, having been seized for calling Dionysius a tyrant, and being condemned to death for attempting to stab him, requested a brief respite in order to arrange his affairs, promising to procure a friend to take his place and suffer death if he should not return.
It was with the same purpose that he turned next to the early Fathers and to the writer called Dionysius the
Heraclius started, seems to have been drawn from the unknown Platonist who came to be called Dionysius the Areopagite, and whose writings had
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