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Ardittos Hill

Ardittos, where the stage listens to nature and history

The hill of Ardittos is associated with the justice system of ancient Athens and owes its name to the ancient hero Ardittis. According to legend, Ardittis suppressed the internal quarrels between the ten tribes of Athens and united the Athenians. The representatives of the tribes elected to the supreme court, the Eliaea, were obliged to take a public oath on the hill every year that they would judge according to the laws, justice and resolutions. The hill of Ardittos is completely intertwined with the existence and history of the Panathenaic Stadium from antiquity to the present day. Together with the hill of Agra, it was the natural geographical substrate for the creation of the Panathenaic Stadium in the era of Lycurgus in 339 BC. Ardittos has defined the location, nature and history of the stadium and the wider area throughout time. It is the surrounding area of the stadium with which it shares all the historical changes that have taken place in its long history, as well as is proven by the archaeological remains of the Roman period that can be seen today on the hill.

Today the hill of Ardittos is a lung of natural rejuvenation for the residents of densely populated Athens. It is one of the most attractive parts of the city because of its location and history. With its rich flora and fauna, history and monuments, Ardittos makes up an attractive narrative for the people who visit it and a vital place for exercise and recreation. The historical and inextricable relationship between the hill and the stadium composes an integrated landscape that reshapes the ancient and modern history of Athens.