from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The highest judicial and legislative council of ancient Athens.
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- n. The supreme judicial and legislative council of ancient Athens
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The highest judicial court at Athens. Its sessions were held on Mars' Hill. Hence, any high court or tribunal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rocky hill in Athens, situated immediately to the west of the Acropolis; hence, the sovereign tribunal or council of elders which held its sittings on this hill from unrecorded antiquity.
- n. Hence Any body, company, or tribunal of which the decisions, opinions, or criticisms are final or carry great weight: as, the Areopagus of public opinion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the highest governmental assembly in ancient Athens (later a judicial court)
- n. a hill to the to the west of the Athenian acropolis where met the highest governmental council of ancient Athens and later a judicial court
Two are particularly named; one was an eminent man, Dionysius the Areopagite, one of that high court or great council that sat in Areopagus, or Mars '
Ares was acquitted, and this event is supposed to have given rise to the name Areopagus (or Hill of
Areopagus was composed of those who had served as Archons; for which latter reason the membership of the Areopagus is the only office which has continued to be a life-magistracy to the present day.
If one tries to understand it correctly, however, it will become obvious that the speech on the Areopagus is a powerful attack on the racial rites, myths and ethos of the Greeks.
This was the natural consequence of the facts that the Archons were elected under qualifications of birth and wealth, and that the Areopagus was composed of those who had served as Archons; for which latter reason the membership of the Areopagus is the only office which has continued to be a life-magistracy to the present day.
The Areopagus was the tribunal for the trial of cases wherein the charge against an individual was wilful murder and wounding, or a charge of arson or poisoning.
Archons; for which latter reason the membership of the Areopagus is the only office which has continued to be a life-magistracy to the present day.
The Areopagus was a rocky height in Athens, opposite the western end of the
Not far from the Areopagus is the Pnyx, where the free people of
Of all Paul's addresses reported in Acts, this address in the Areopagus is his longest to a pagan audience (cf. 14: 15ff).