It is the hill of the Pnyx or simply Pnyx. In its large and comfortable terrace, the Assembly of the citizens of the Athenian democracy was holding its regular meetings.
At the same time, Pnyx was a sacred place, devoted to the God of the Gods, Zeus. Athenians had devoted the place, in which they were practicing their right and their duty as citizens of Athens’ democracy, to two different aspects of Zeus: firstly, as Zeus Agoraios, as Zeus the protector of Agora and consequently of the whole city of Athens and, secondly, as Zeus Hypsistos, as Zeus the God of Gods, who could function as the absolute healer too. Even nowadays, 2.500 years after Pericles’ time, whenever we take a walk on this hill, we can still feel the excitement of the people of Athens deciding on their own for their own fates.