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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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  • Not far from where the throngs of visitors go to visit the Acropolis, a lesser known trail will take you to the Pynx. Although just as historically significant as the Acropolis it is hardly visited. W...  more »
  • Actually Pnyx is not on Filoppapos Hill but located across a small alley coming from Parthenon. Pnyx is known for the speakers podium, able to accomodate thousands of listeners. At sunset, Pnyx offers...  more »
  • One of the attractions that you have to look a little harder for. A beauty once you find it. If you do your research and understand exactly what this was used for you can really appreciate just how im...  more »