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A public court at Athens in ancient Greece that had jurisdiction to hear charges brought against lecturers and teachers. Paul was summoned before this august group on the allegation that his teaching was "startling" (Acts 17:19-34). He preached with customary eloquence; one of the court members, Dionysius, became a Christian. (Etym. Greek areios pagos, hill of Ares; English Mars Hill.)