- 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.
Origin of Areopagus
Examples from the Web for areopagus
Historical Examples of areopagus
In Athens on the Areopagus there is to this day a relic of antiquity with a mud roof.Ten Books on Architecture
Such is the general statement that Solon instituted the Areopagus.The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch
Those lower eminences are the Areopagus, the Pmyx, and the Museum.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Then they put him on an ambulance car, and thus conveyed him before the Areopagus.The Day of Wrath
The Areopagus at Athens had the care of religion, but the Areopagites were not priests.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
- 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
Word Origin for Areopagus
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."