Areopagus Hill

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Areopagus Hill information

Athens , Greece
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metro Monastiraki
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This rocky outcrop below the Acropolis has great views over the Ancient Agora. According to mythology, it was here that Ares was tried by the council of the gods for the murder of Halirrhothios, son of Poseidon. The council accepted his defence of justifiable deicide on the grounds that he was protecting his daughter, Alcippe, from unwanted advances.

The hill became the place where murder, treason and corruption trials were heard before the Council of the Areopagus. In AD 51, St Paul delivered his famous ‘Sermon to an Unknown God’ from this hill and gained his first Athenian convert, Dionysos, who became patron saint of the city.