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Apparently its meaning was debated even in antiquity, as Pausanius lists various interpretations of the name. Originally some sort of structure must have stood on the hill. E. 5). We know the hill was the meeting place for the Council of the Areopagus, at first the supreme court and chief legislative body of Athens. , the council was stripped of much of its power. , murder. The council was said to meet in the open air because its judges did not wish to be tainted by the bloody crimes of those it judged.

Several persons, however, did attach themselves to the Christian movement “and became believers” (Acts 17:34). Paul then left Mars Hill. Nothing further is said concerning any events in Athens, except that Paul next left there and went to Corinth (Acts 18:1). E. and left an account of what he saw as he traveled through the city. Since he, too, 17 18 Greece Z Fig. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Athens: Agora Altar of Aphrodite Painted Stoa Royal Stoa Stoa of Zeus of Freedom Metroon 6. Tholos 7. Temple of Hephaistos 8.

But perhaps the worst disaster ever to befall Athens occurred in 1687 during the war between the Turks, who held Athens, and the Venetians, who were laying siege to it. During five days of constant bom- Athens bardment of the city, a Venetian cannonball struck the Parthenon, which was being used as a powder magazine by the Turks, and the most magnificent of all classical buildings was blown apart. Biblical Significance From our modern perspective on Athens, it may seem strange to us that the city played a lesser role in the journeys of Paul than places such as Corinth and Ephesus.

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