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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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  • When compared to the Acropolis the Pnyx is such an underrated site. However the views are fantastic and it is amazing to see where the Ancient Athenians held their assemblies. Definitely recommend goi...  more »
  • Amazing huge rocks polygonal wall, probably from the time before the Greeks themselves, located right at the entrance of Pnyx site and missed by all. This place is hardly mentioned by anyone and barel...  more »
  • READ YOUR GUIDE BOOK TO SEE that the pnyx on filopappos hill was THE birthplace of democracy...in 508 b.c.the first ever democratic congress met here..its just a little hill with some seating cut into...  more »