Areopagus



a hill in Athens, Greece, W of the Acropolis.
Greek History. the council that met on this hill, originally having wide public functions but later becoming a purely judicial body.
any high tribunal.
Historical Examples

To this council were intrusted powers less extensive in theory than those of the Areopagus, but far more actively exerted.
Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Then they put him on an ambulance car, and thus conveyed him before the Areopagus.
The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai

The Areopagus, as they could not punish the priest, proceeded against his hatchet.
A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

The Areopagus at Athens had the care of religion, but the Areopagites were not priests.
Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

If trivial matters were to be censured this Areopagus was not convened.
The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood Georg Ebers

The Areopagus is situated a few hundred feet west of the Acropolis.
Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. I of II) Charles Bucke

The Areopagus, too, checked pauperism by providing public works.
The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian

Is not his monumental work the text-book for all encyclopdists of the Areopagus?
The Nurserymatograph A Lawyer

The privileges of the Areopagus were Cleisthenes, Ephialtes.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5 Various

We find no contests like these in the Areopagus, nor in the Roman senate.
A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

noun

the hill to the northwest of the Acropolis in Athens
(in ancient Athens) the judicial council whose members (Areopagites) met on this hill

(literary) any high court

1640s, Greek, Areios pagos “the hill of Ares,” west of the Acropolis in Athens, where the highest judicial court sat; second element from pagos “rocky hill.” Sense extended to “any important tribunal.”

the Latin form of the Greek word rendered “Mars’ hill.” But it denotes also the council or court of justice which met in the open air on the hill. It was a rocky height to the west of the Acropolis at Athens, on the south-east summit of which the council was held which was constituted by Solon, and consisted of nine archons or chief magistrates who were then in office, and the ex-archons of blameless life. On this hill of Mars (Gr. Ares) Paul delivered his memorable address to the “men of Athens” (Acts 17:22-31).

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