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Ar·e·op·a·gus

 (ăr′ē-ŏp′ə-gəs)
n.
The highest judicial and legislative council of ancient Athens.

[Latin, from Greek Areios pagos, Areiopagos, hill of Ares, Areopagus (where the tribunal met) : Areios, of Ares (from Arēs, Ares) + pagos, stiff mass, hill (from pēgnunai, pag-, to stick, stiffen; see pag- in Indo-European roots).]
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Areopagus

(ˌærɪˈɒpəɡəs)
n
1. (Placename) the hill to the northwest of the Acropolis in Athens
2. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Athens) the judicial council whose members (Areopagites) met on this hill
3. (Law) (in ancient Athens) the judicial council whose members (Areopagites) met on this hill
4. (Law) literary any high court
[via Latin from Greek Areiopagus, contracted from Areios pagos, hill of Ares]
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Ar•e•op•a•gus

(ˌær iˈɒp ə gəs)

n.
1. a hill in Athens, Greece, W of the Acropolis.
2. the supreme tribunal of ancient Athens that met on this hill.
[< Latin < Greek Áreios págos hill of Ares]
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Noun1.Areopagus - a hill to the to the west of the Athenian acropolis where met the highest governmental council of ancient Athens and later a judicial courtAreopagus - 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
Athens, Athinai, capital of Greece, Greek capital - the capital and largest city of Greece; named after Athena (its patron goddess); "in the 5th century BC ancient Athens was the world's most powerful and civilized city"
2.Areopagus - the highest governmental assembly in ancient Athens (later a judicial court)Areopagus - the highest governmental assembly in ancient Athens (later a judicial court)
assembly - a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose
Areopagite - a member of the council of the Areopagus
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So the preposition could mean either 'up (to)' or 'up before', and it is commonly assumed that at 17.19 the Areopagus refers to the Council of Areopagites, (18) and, if this was the case, Paul would have been taken off to what was now their normal meeting place, the Stoa Basileios just off the main agora, (19) and indeed private citizens could traditionally initiate an action before the Areopagus council. (20) On the other hand the expression used for Paul's departure from the gathering at 17.33 does not suggest that this was a formal trial.
In historical Athens, the Panathenaic procession, although it never would have fallen on exactly the same day as a murder trial,(12) was probably held during the same three-day period of the lunar month -- the twenty-seventh, twenty-eighth, and twenty-ninth days -- as that in which murder trials were tried by the Areopagus council.(13)
Plutarch follows a similarly antipathetic source - Ephialtes |tried to overthrow the Areopagus council by way of gratifying the people (chariti tou demou)', Cimon 10.7.