Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite - Rosanne Pappas

This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.

"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1


Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite

October 3

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October 9th

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Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite (Greek: Διονύσιος ὁ Ἀρεοπαγίτης),   was a Greek Christian theologian and philosopher of the late 3rd to early 4th century, the author of the set of works commonly referred to as the Corpvs Dionysiacvm. He fled the Eastern Roman Empire and settled in the west, where he was ultimately appointed by the Pope of Rome as Archbishop of Paris. Later he was martyred by the pagan Gauls. It is said that after being beheaded, he picked his head up and walked six miles, preaching a sermon of repentance the entire way. 




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