Pnyx


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n.1.(Gr. Antiq.) The place at Athens where the meetings of the people were held for making decrees, etc.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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All hands were on deck, all the afternoon, with books and maps and glasses, trying to determine which "narrow rocky ridge" was the Areopagus, which sloping hill the Pnyx, which elevation the Museum Hill, and so on.
A number of areas are available for exploration, including the Agora of Athens, the isle of Cephalonia, Ithaca, the birthplace of the legendary Odysseus, the Odeon of Athens, the Foloi oak forest, Olympia, the setting of the ancient Olympic games, as well as renditions of several ancient cities, including Naxos, Lesbos, Argolis, Pnyx, Phocis, Sparta and of course, Athens.
His international engagements are full of symbolism--his recent speech on the future of Europe was made in Greece on the Pnyx, a hill where ancient Athenians held their democratic assemblies.
Macron prizes symbolic historic settings for his speeches: he was the first western leader in modern times to make a speech from Pnyx hill in Athens, the birthplace of democracy beneath the Acropolis.
After drinking in the splendor of the Pnyx hill, birthplace of democracy, I visit the Acropolis museum.
The second essential venue that fostered communication in Athens was the Pnyx, the place of popular assemblies that could have accommodated at least 6,000 people listening to the speeches delivered in a one-to-many fashion from bema, an elevated platform (Hansen, 1999).
However, it was not modeled after the open, public spaces where assemblies convened and legislation was passed, such as the Roman Comitium, the Field of Mars, or the Athenian Pnyx. Instead the model employed was a temple.
Thus this area was more hallowed than the natural amphitheatre below, known as the Pnyx which was where the democratic assembly met.
The traditional polling place dates back to the fifth century BC, when Athenians began assembling on the Pnyx hill to vote on weighty matters of state.