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Keywords:
Pnyx

Caption:
The Pnyx, as seen from the Areopagos. The Pnyx was the meeting place of the Athenian democratic assembly. In this photo you can clearly make out the vertical rock-cut scarps sloping down to the speaker's platform in the center. At the far right, you can also see part of the massive retaining wall of Pnyx III. This retaining wall must have been much higher in antiquity in order to support the earthen fill of the auditorium area. We do not know if the wall was only as high as the speaker's platform (creating a level seating area) or if it was higher (creating a sloping, theater-like area). View from the northeast.
 
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