Areopagus

Entertainment / Literature / Areopagus: (Greek, 'Hill of Ares.') (1) Also known as 'Mars Hill,' this location near the Acropolis served in classical times as a high court of appeal in criminal and civil cases. In early Patristic times, it was at this location that Saint Paul delivered his speech concerning the 'Unknown God' in Acts 17:18-34. The location became associated in John Milton's mind with freedom of speech and the open debate of ideas to find greater truths, hence, Milton wrote an essay opposed to the Licensing Act of 1643, The essay's title, Areopagitica, comes from the Areopagus.

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