The Acropolis of Athens, Greece is the best known acropolis (high city, The "Sacred Rock") in the world.

Acropolis in "Counting Potsherds"Edit

The temple atop the Akropolis was one of the few landmarks left recognisable in Athens after it fell to Khsrish I.[1]

Generations later, Mithredath chose that temple as his first stop in his search for the name of the Athenian king Khsrish had defeated.

On reaching the top, Mithredath immediately spotted a marble stele in the Persian style. On it was an inscription in Aramaic and in the ancient script once used by the Persians and still employed by the Babylonians. It described how Khsrish had pulled down the city, which was the center of rebel Yauna, and how he decreed it remain a wilderness forevermore. He copied it onto papyrus but was dissatisfied since it did not mention the name of the king of Athens who had been defeated.[2]

Acropolis in "The Daimon"Edit

The Akropolis became home to the seat of Athenian government. When Alkibiades returned to Athens after he successfully conquered Sparta, the governing counsel of Athens declared him outlaw. In response, Alkibiades snuck into Athens at night and captured his enemies in the Akropolis.[3]

Acropolis in "Goddess for a Day"Edit

After Peisistratos convinced the people of Athens that a woman named Phye was the goddess Athena, he delivered her to the temple atop the Akropolis. Phye remained there for a time, promised conventional clothing so she could leave.

While in the temple, Phye heard another person playing the flutes. Pursuing the sound, Phye discovered a satyr named Marsyas. Marsyas also believed that Phye was Athena, claiming Athena had given him his flutes. Marsyas sought sexual intercourse with Phye, with or without her consent. Phye responded by kneeing Marsyas in the groin, while still wearing her armor. She then kicked Marsyas in the buttocks to send him on his way. As she did this, Phye thought she heard a voice say "Well done."

A little while later, someone finally arrived to give Phye her clothes.


  1. See. e.g., Departures, pgs. 9-10, pb.
  2. Ibid. pg s. 10-11.
  3. See e.g.: Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 192-195, HC.