Dionysius the Elder

Dionysius the Elder
 (c. 430–367 bc) Tyrant of Syracuse who suspended the famous sword above the head of Damocles.

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  • Dionysius the Elder — noun the tyrant of Syracuse who fought the Carthaginians (430 367 BC) • Syn: ↑Dionysius • Instance Hypernyms: ↑tyrant …   Useful english dictionary

  • DIONYSIUS THE ELDER —    tyrant of Syracuse from 406 to 367 B.C.; at first a private citizen; early took interest in public affairs, and played a part in them; entered the army, and rose to be head of the State; subdued the other cities of Sicily, and declared war… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Dionysius I of Syracuse — Dionysius I from Guillaume Rouillé s Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum Dionysius I or Dionysius the Elder (ca. 432–367 BC, Greek: Διονύσιος ο Πρεσβύτερος) was a Greek tyrant of Syracuse, in what is now Sicily, southern Italy. He conquered several… …   Wikipedia

  • Dionysius II of Syracuse — Dionysius the Younger or Dionysius II (ca. 397 BC – 343 BC) ruled Syracuse, Sicily from 367 BC to 357 BC and again from 346 BC to 344 BC. He was the son of Dionysius the Elder. When his father died in 367 BC, Dionysius began ruling under the… …   Wikipedia

  • Dionysius — The Graeco Roman name Dionysius, deriving from the name of the Thracian god Dionysus, was exceedingly common, and many ancient people, famous and otherwise, bore it. It remains a common name today in the form Dennis (Denys, Denis, Denise). The… …   Wikipedia

  • Dionysius — [dī΄ənish′əs, dī΄ənis′ē əs, dī΄ənī′sē əs] n. 1. 430? 367 B.C.; Gr. tyrant of ancient Syracuse (405 367): called the Elder 2. 395? 340? B.C.; Gr. tyrant of Syracuse (367 356; 347 343): son of Dionysius the Elder: called the Younger …   English World dictionary

  • John the Elder (Presbyter) —     (? first century)    Devotional Writer.    John the Elder was named by eusebius of caesarea as the author of the New Testament Book of Revelation. This was followed by Dionysius of Alexandria who pointed to the existence of two Johannine… …   Who’s Who in Christianity

  • Dionysius I — or Dionysius the Elder born с 430 BC died 367 Tyrant of Syracuse (405–367). He became ruler with Spartan help and retained power until his death, basing his strength on the support of his mercenary army. He held Carthaginian expansion on Sicily… …   Universalium

  • Dionysius — /duy euh nish ee euhs, nis , nish euhs, nuy see euhs/, n. 1. ( the Elder ) 431? 367 B.C., Greek soldier: tyrant of Syracuse 405 367. 2. Saint, died A.D. 268, pope 259 268. * * * (as used in expressions) Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot Dionysius I… …   Universalium

  • elder — elder1 /el deuhr/, adj. a compar. of old with eldest as superl. 1. of greater age; older. 2. of higher rank; senior: an elder officer. 3. of or pertaining to former times; earlier: Much that was forbidden by elder custom is accepted today. n. 4.… …   Universalium

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