Dionysius[-nis̸h′əs, -nis′ē əs, -nī′sē əs]
noun430?-367 ; Gr. tyrant of ancient Syracuse (405-367): called the Elder
- 395?-340? ; Gr. tyrant of Syracuse (367-356; 347-343): son of Dionysius the Elder: called the Younger
Known as “the Elder.” 430?–367 BC.
Tyrant of Syracuse (405–367) noted for his campaigns against the Carthaginians in Sicily. His son Dionysius (395?–343?), known as “the Younger,” succeeded him as tyrant in 367 and was exiled in 343 for his despotic rule.
- An Ancient Greek male given name
From Latin Dionysius, from Ancient Greek Διονύσιος (Dionusios)