The Areopagus or Areios Pagos (Greek: Άρειος Πάγος) is the ‘Rock of Ares’, north-west of the Acropolis in the center of Athens, Greece.

In classical times the Areopagus functioned as the high Court of Appeal for criminal and civil cases in Athens. Ares was supposed to have been tried here by the gods for the murder of Poseidon son Alirrothios. In The Eumenides of Aeschylus (458 BC), the Areopagus is the site of the trial of Orestes for killing his mother (Clytemnestra) and her lover (Aegisthus).

Phryne, the hetaera from 4th century BC Greece and famed for her beauty, appeared before the Areopagus accused of profaning the Eleusinian mysteries. Legend has it that she let her cloak drop, so impressing the judges with her almost divine form, that she was summarily acquitted.

The origin of its name is not clear. In Greek pagos means big piece of rock. Areios could have come from Ares or from the Erinyes, as on its foot was erected a temple dedicated to the Erinyes where murderers used to find shelter so as not to face the consequences of their actions. Later, the Romans referred to the rocky hill as “Mars Hill,” after Mars, the Roman God of War.

It was from this location, drawing from the potential significance of the Athenian temple to the Unknown God, that the “Apostle Paul” is said to have delivered the famous speech:
Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.

Information supplied by Wikipedia.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/5.6
ISO 200
Focal length 125 mm


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  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 4 years ago

    Fantastic image Tom, and great information

  • Thank you so much Gina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • BigD
    BigDover 4 years ago

    Beautiful city, Tom and you have winter now?

  • Thank you my friend.
    The temperature is falling here, we have had a couple of frosts so far but no snow. It will get colder, but we rarely get snow now. When I was a kid, I remember really cold winters with several feet of snow being normal every year.

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    Awesome view and capture!

  • Thank you so much Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • BigD
    BigDover 4 years ago

    That’s the old fashion winter I have been used too. I think, this winter is going to be like that. We really didn’t have a summer here. It’s been cool and wet most of the time. It’s really odd weather we are having this year, Tom.

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    Varinia - Gl...over 4 years ago

    Love Athens, so much to see and eat !! Fab shot Tom, the depth and perspective here are wonderful :-))

  • Thank you so much Varinia, always nice to have you visit …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    I bet you knew I’d say this shot rocks Tom. Triffic shot!!!

  • Hehe, cheers buddy, glad you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    Its hard not to enjoy your work Tom!!

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    amazing view

  • Thank you so much Antanas …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you so much Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 4 years ago

    Great image Tom

  • Thank you kindly Barry …

    – Tom Gomez

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