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Pnyka (507 BC)
Pnyx

The Pnyx is a hill near Filopappou Hill. Beginning as early as 507 BC, the Athenians gathered on the Pnyx to conduct their citizen assemblies, thus making the hill one of the earliest and most important sites in the creation of democracy. At this site all the great political struggles of Athens of the "Golden Age" were fought out. Pericles, Aristides and Alcibiades spoke here, within sight of the Parthenon, temple of Athena.

The flat stone platform was the bema, the "stepping stone" or speakers' platform.