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Pnyx, Athens

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The Pnyx is a hill in central Athens, the capital of Greece. Beginning as early as 507 BC, the Athenians gathered on the Pnyx to host their popular assemblies, thus making the hill one of the earliest and most important sites in the creation of democracy.The Pnyx is located less than 1km west of the Acropolis and 1.6 km south-west of the centre of Athens, Syntagma Square.Historical significanceThe Pnyx was used for popular assemblies in Athens as early as 507 BC, when the reforms of Cleisthenes transferred political power to the citizenry. It was then outside the city proper, but close enough to be convenient. It looks down on the ancient Agora, which was the commercial and social centre of the city.At this site all the great political struggles of Athens of the "Golden Age" were fought out. Pericles, Aristides and Alcibiades spoke here, within sight of the Parthenon, temple of Athena. Here Demosthenes delivered his vilifications of Philip of Macedon, the famous Philippics.
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  • It is the place where convened the Ecclesia (the Athenian Assembly) from the 6-4 century b.c. is in the midst of during North-South address Palisade against and West of the Acropolis and between extreme heights, the Hill of nymphs (North end) and Philopappou. From here spoke of great politicians, generals and orators like Themistocles, Aristides, Pericles, Demosthenes, but heroes of the Greek revolution as Theodoros kolokotronis. Good are today's politicians to respect and to leave in peace.
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  • The Pnyx is a speakers podium facing the rocks of Acropolis; from the rock there are an impressive view to Acropolis; the Pnyx is situated between the Hill of the Muses, and the Hill of the Nymphs, an...  more »
  • The first part on the planet which brought the institution of democracy and until today we are bearers of these values.
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