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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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  • One part rather interesting tourist attraction, if you exclude food the ancient and prwtochristianiki of Story. Nice is going to do after the visit to the Acropolis, where to continue Ancient Agora the Monastiraki. Warning not intended for anapirika belt elevator amaxidia nor protective kaggela.
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  • It is worth climbing before or after entering the Acropolis, is next to the ticket office. There are some stones that slide. And from there, a good view and know that you are in one of the most famous hills of history
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  • It' s better to visit early in the morning or in the afternoon. Nice view of the city of Athens, old and new.  more »
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  • Just a big rock really though it does have a nice view. Apparently, apostles held sermons on it.
  • A perfect view to the whole city
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  • In front of the Pantheon (free visit). Not very busy. Beautiful views of Athens. Please note that it can be very slippery.
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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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