Dionysius was born in Athens. nine years after the birth of Jesus Christ. He was educated first at Athens, then at Heliopolis, in Egypt. There, at the age of twenty-five, he witnessed, with Apollophanes, the miraculous darkness of the sun, which occurred at the time of the Crucifixion. Returned to Athens, he married a woman of noble birth named Damaris, and was elected one of the nine Archons of Athens. Having filled the office of Archon without reproach, he was elected member of the Areopagus, a court of justice consisting of fifty-one citizens of Athens, distinguished for birth, wealth, intelligence, and character.