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Dionysius of Paris
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(died around 250). According to Gregory of Tours, Dionysius of Paris arrived in Gaul at the time of Decius as one of seven missionary bishops, worked in and near Paris, and suffered martyrdom there (Greg. T. Hist. I 30). According to other sources (first attested about 520: MGH.SRM 3.221), he immediately became the first bishop of Paris, apostle to Gaul, and eminent martyr. The cemeterial basilica that was erected over his grave as early as the end of the 5th century, and extended shortly afterwards, became a principal sanctuary for the Franks from the time that it served as a M…

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Ritter, Adolf Martin, “Dionysius of Paris”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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