Areopagos

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Abstract

A rocky outcropping below Athens' Acropolis, the Areios Pagos (in early Greek, “solid hill,” later by popular etymology “hill of Ares”) included the site of a shrine to the Erinyes, underworld deities of the family curse, an early venue for homicide trials. It also became the site of a council with at least potentially important powers, removed in 462/1 bce. From the later fifth century a symbol for conservatives of pre-democratic government, during Athens' more conservative period after 350 and then in Roman times, it regained some auctoritas if few new powers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Ancient History
EditorsRoger S Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B Champion, Andrew Erskine, Sabine R Huebner
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISBN (Electronic)978-1444338386
ISBN (Print)978-1405179355
StatePublished - 2012

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    Wallace, R. W. (2012). Areopagos. In R. S. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. B. Champion, A. Erskine, & S. R. Huebner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Ancient History Wiley-Blackwell.