Areopagus

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Areopagus

the hill to the northwest of the Acropolis in Athens; in ancient Athens, the judicial council whose members (Areopagites) met on this hill. As a result it may be encountered as a term for any high court.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

AREOPAGUS. A tribunal established in ancient Athens, bore this name. It is variously represented; some considered as having been a model of justice and perfection, while others look upon it as an aristocratic court, which had a very extended jurisdiction over all crimes and offences, and which exercised an absolute power. See Acts 17, 19 and 22.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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