22. Bishop of CORINTH in the latter half of the second century after Christ, distinguished himself among the prelates of his time by his piety, his eloquence, and the holiness of his life.
He not only watched with the greatest care over his own diocese, but shewed a deep interest in the welfare of other communities and provinces, to which he addressed admonitory epistles.
He died the death of a martyr, about A. D. 178. None of his numerous epistles is now extant, but a list of them is preserved in Eusebius (Euseb. Hist. Eccl. 4.23
) and Hieronymus (de Script.
27), and a few fragments of them are extant in Eusebius (2.25, 4.23).
In one of them Dionysius complains that during his lifetime some of his epistles had been interpolated by heretics for the purpose of supporting their own views. (Cave, Hist. Lit.
i. p. 44.)