Filopappou Hill & Pnyx
Marble footpaths meander up pine-clad Filopappou Hill, a peaceful hideout for picnickers and joggers. Hidden in a rocky clearing is the Pnyx, the world’s first democratic assembly, where the great orators Pericles and Themistocles held court in the 5th century B.C.E. The Pnyx could hold 18,000 citizens on wooden benches, with standing room for thousands more. Imagine the scene and enjoy the phenomenal cityscape from the summit, with the Acropolis in the foreground.
By Rachel Howard, AFAR Local Expert
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