Greek Poet
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Aratus (Ἄρατος, Aratos). A Greek poet (315/310–240 bc) who wrote a work titled Phaenomena, the fifth line of which Paul quotes in Acts 17:28.
Hellenistic Poetry
Hellenistic Poetry Reviews the development and emergence of Hellenistic poetry and poets throughout the early third—late fourth centuries bc.
Stoics (Στοϊκός, Stoikos). Philosophical movement in the Hellenistic period. Stoicism as a philosophy began in the early fourth century bc. Highly diverse and influential Stoic philosophers developed and transformed the philosophy, enabling it to succeed and retain its vibrancy throughout some of the
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Aratus (Person)
ARATUS (PERSON). A Stoic poet of Soli in Cilicia (315–240 b.c.e.). A portion of the opening invocation to Zeus from his astronomical poem Phaenomena is quoted in the speech of Paul at the Areopagus (Acts 17:28): “For we are indeed his [God’s] offspring.” Phaenomena, Aratus’ only completely extant poem,
Stoics, Stoicism
STOICS, STOICISM. Stoicism is a modern term referring to the philosophy of the Stoic school. This school took its name from the stoa poikilē, a decoratively painted colonnade in Athens, where Zeno began his philosophic lectures and discussions around 301/300 b.c. (for the name, see Hobein 1931:40–47).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Stoics, Stoicism
Stoics, Stoicism. A widespread Greek and Roman philosophy, well represented in Paul’s audience at Athens (Acts 17:16–34). The apostle was probably familiar with it, for it had begun in Athens around 300 bc, with Zeno’s teaching in the “stoa” (porches) of public buildings, and had spread throughout the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Aratus arʹə-təs [GK. Aretos]. A Stoic poet of Soli in Cilicia who died about 240 b.c. He wrote and taught under the patronage of Antigonus Gonatas, king of Macedonia, and Antiochus I of Syria. His most famous work—the only one extant in a complete form—is Phaenomena, a didactic poem about astronomy.
Poet The translation of Gk. poiētḗs in Acts 17:28, where Paul cites Greek poets in an apologetical speech to Epicurean and Stoic philosophers at the Areopagus in Athens. From the Greek text it is not clear whether “as even some of our poets have said” refers to the preceding line (“In him we live
Stoics stōʹiks [Gk. Stoikos]; AV STOICKS. One of the most important philosophical groups of the Hellenistic period, including the first centuries a.d.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ARATUS* Greek poet (315?–245? bc). Born at Soli in Cilicia (region in Asia Minor), Aratus studied in Athens where he was influenced by Zeno, the father of Stoicism. Later, Aratus lived in the palace of Antigonus Gonatas of Macedonia and Antiochus I, king of Syria. Aratus’s only existing work is a poem
Stoicism, Stoics
STOICISM*, STOICS A widespread Greek philosophy, well represented in the audience at Athens listening to Paul (Acts 17:16–34). The apostle was probably familiar with it, for it had begun in Athens around 300 bc, with Zeno’s teaching in the “stoa” (porches) of public buildings, and had spread throughout
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Aratus (air´uh-tuhs), a Stoic poet of the mid-third century bce whose work Phainomena is quoted in Paul’s Areopagus speech (Acts 17:28: “for we are indeed his offspring”). See also Areopagus; Stoicism.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
POET. This word occurs only in Acts 17:28, although the Gr. word poiētēś which it translates is used several other times. The expression is used by Paul to refer to pagan writers in his famous Mars Hill address. Paul seems to allude to Epimenides of Crete in his statement. “In him we live, and move,
STOICS. Philosophers who, with Epicureans, confronted Paul at Athens (Acts 17:18 f.). The poets cited by Paul (Acts 17:28) were the Stoics Aratus (Phaenomena) and Cleanthes (Hymn to Zeus). Begun as a Gr. school of philosophy by Zeno of Citium c. 336–260 b.c., it was embraced by many Romans, including
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
STOICS. The Stoic school of philosophy derived its name from the Stoa Poikile, the portico in Athens where Zeno of Citium (335–263 bc) first taught its characteristic doctrines. His teaching was systematized and extended by Chrysippus (c. 280–207 bc), the ‘second founder’ of Stoicism. By the time when
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Aratus (Gk. Arétos)A 3rd-century b.c.e. Stoic poet from Soli in Cilicia. In his speech on the Areopagus Paul quotes from Aratus’ poem Phaenomena (Acts 17:28).
Stoics (Gk. Stōikoi)Stoicism, a philosophical school founded at Athens by Zeno (ca. 336–263 b.c.e.). Zeno was greatly influenced by Socrates. His teaching was a reaction against Epicurus, who taught that everything that exists is the result of the random or accidental collision of atoms. Zeno, quite
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Aratus [ărˊə təs] (Gk. Aretos). A third-century B.C. Stoic poet from Soli in Cilicia. In his speech on the Areopagus Paul quotes from his poem Phaenomena (Acts 17:28).
Stoics [stōˊĭks] (Gk. Stōikoi). The members of a philosophical school founded by Zeno of Citium (ca. 335–263 B.C.) who taught in the Stoa Poikilē (“Painted Porch”), a colonnaded building in the Agora at Athens, hence the name. In Stoicism the primary focus is on how life is to be lived, with
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ARATUS A Greek poet (ca. 315–240 b.c.) from Soli in Cilicia, author of an astronomical poem, Phaenomena. Paul quoted from the work in his preaching on the Areopagus of Athens (Acts 17:28).
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Poetry, Hellenistic
POETRY, HELLENISTICPlato’s attack on poets as technicians who offered no real knowledge to their readers reflected the Hellenistic age’s forsaking of poetry for the more disciplined studies of science and philosophy. Poets of the Hellenistic age were not only greeted with skepticism but also were faced