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As you?ll enjoy the view from Acropolis you will notice at South West of the Acropolis the greenery Mouses Hill that many also call it Philopappos hill because of the monument on the top. Gaios Julios Antiochos Epiphanes Philopappos was the exiled prince of Commagene, grandson of the greek king Antiochos IV of Commagene and the greek queen Iotapa. He loved the city and beca,e a citizen.

The Philopappos monument (pics 1-2) was erected by his sister at 116A.D. after Philopapos? death and in fact it?s the tomb of him. Its dimensions are 9.80mx9.30mx3.08m but only one of the four sides survived through time. I still don?t understand why the Athenians allowed him to be buried there, right opposite the Acropolis rock. From what I know the ancient tradition didn?t allow burials within the Acropolis walls or at the sacred surrounded hills but this one happened during the roman occupation. Ok, it was in honor of him as a great benefactor of Athens but it sounds strange for me though because if he was such a great benefactor what can we say about Pericles etc From architectural point of view it?s a sign of a declinibg ancient art, especially if you combare it with the master pieces of Acropolis.

The hill is a peaceful place with only a few visitors, most of them locals with their dogs. The interesting thing is that the hill was probably overpopulated in ancient times as there are signs of human activity on every point (including carves, carvings and findings from excavations in the area). Worth to walk there, on the way up check the Prison of Socrates but also the Kimoneian tombs (carved in the rock, for Cimon, statesman/general and son of Miltiades). Just below the Philopappos monument is the Heroon of Mousaios(pic 3), dedicated to the legendary ancient poet that lived and sung his hymns there (hence the name of the hill although some claim it has to do with the Muses (goddesses of the inspiraction of literature, science and the arts in the greek mythology).

Last but not least this is a great spot for some amazing panoramic pictures over the city, of the Acropolis of course (pic 4) but also don?t miss the back side looking south down to Argosaronic Bay! (pic 5)

Directions: From Dionisiou Areopagitou pedestrian street turn left before Apostolou Pavlou street and after the parking there is a path that go to the monument up on the hill.

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  • Updated Feb 16, 2015
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