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Areopagus, Athens

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The Areopagus is a prominent rock outcropping located northwest of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Its English name is the composite form of the Greek name Areios Pagos, translated "Ares Rock". In classical times, it functioned as the court for trying deliberate homicide. Ares was supposed to have been tried here by the gods for the murder of Poseidon's son Halirrhothius (a typical example of an aetiological myth).HistoryThe origin of its name is not clear. In Ancient Greek, πάγος pagos means "big piece of rock". Areios could have come from Ares or from the Erinyes, as on its foot was erected a temple dedicated to the Erinyes where murderers used to find shelter so as not to face the consequences of their actions. Later, the Romans referred to the rocky hill as "Mars Hill", after Mars, the Roman God of War. Near the Areopagus was also constructed the basilica of Dionysius Areopagites.In pre-classical times (before the 5th century BC), the Areopagus was the council of elders of the city, similar to the Roman Senate. Like the Senate, its membership was restricted to those who had held high public office, in this case that of Archon. In 594 BC, the Areopagus agreed to hand over its functions to Solon for reform. He instituted democratic reforms, reconstituted its membership and returned control to the organization.
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  • This hill is famous becuase of its sunset. The amazing view is unpayable. I recommend going well in advance because it becomes crowded. I arrived like 30 minutes before sunset and it was plenty of peo...  more »
  • Its not in English,but there is a plaque at the foot of the rock which contains the Apostle Paul`s sermon . Climb the rock and you will find another marker explaining that this is where the apostle Pa...  more »
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  • Better than acropolis! Great panoramic view of the city, and a nice angle of the acropolis from down low. Be careful the rocks are very slippery and it can get crowded during sunset. There is an amazing sunset and also sunrise from this spot, good place to chill out with friends.
  • Nice view of a Athens. Where is also the entrance of Acropolis, the biggest historical place in Athens. It is nice place to stop, before enter the Acropolis and take a picture of Athens and some selfie😇 and it is free 😂😂
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