Areopagus

Athens, Greece

The Areopagus is a prominent rock outcropping located northwest of the Acropolis. 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.

In 462 BC, Ephialtes put through reforms which deprived the Areopagus of almost all its functions except that of a murder tribunal in favour of Heliaia.

In The Eumenides of Aeschylus (458 BC), the Areopagus is the site of the trial of Orestes for killing his mother (Clytemnestra) and her lover (Aegisthus).

Phryne, the hetaera from 4th century BC Greece and famed for her beauty, appeared before the Areopagus accused of profaning the Eleusinian mysteries. One story has her letting her cloak drop, so impressing the judges with her almost divine form that she was summarily acquitted.

In an unusual development, the Areopagus acquired a new function in the 4th century BC, investigating corruption, although conviction powers remained with the Ecclesia.

The Areopagus, like most city-state institutions, continued to function in Roman times, and it was from this location, drawing from the potential significance of the Athenian altar to the Unknown God, that the Apostle Paul is said to have delivered the famous speech.

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Theorias 21, Athens, Greece
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Founded: 6th century BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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Lucas Zheng (7 months ago)
Had an amazing sunset but even better night sky
amr hassan (10 months ago)
Amazing view for the sun rise and sunset Must visit
Oscar Andres Vargas Urbano (2 years ago)
It is for free! It is super close to the entrance of the Acropolis. The view is amazing because you can see part of the acropolis from there. Just try to be careful because the rocks are slippery. I saw one person who fall because of that. There is a path with normal concret so try to use the path instead of walking on the rocks. It is also close the prison of socrates and the philopappus monument so maybe you can continue your journey there or start from there.
Zach Torlach (2 years ago)
Beautiful hill to view the Acropolis from. Also great sunsets and to watch the city of Athens at night. Also if you are into biblical history it's a really cool place to stand. Be mindful it's incredibly slippery rocks and not even good footwear will save you from slipping. ?
Cecília Souza (2 years ago)
Also known as Mars hill, the Aeropagus is a rocky hill very close to the Acropolis. It was there that Paul gave his speech, presented in Acts 17:16-33. Highly important place for the Christians. Free entrance, accessible via stairs.
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