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1 he found in the angle a small as the visitor entered A stone bench on which he could sit and wait until the por, THE LIFE OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS 36 admitted him. The porter's lodge was at F, on the Twelve solid Ionic columns formed the peristyle. right. In the court (D) were a cistern and a well. The men's hall seems to have been at H, adjoining which were smaller rooms (K 3 K*}, which may have been men's sleeping-apartments. Perhaps the separate women's quarters were at J and K*. The circle in / marks the position of a large washbasin (Aovnjp, see page 138).
Directly in front stood OUTWARD SURROUNDINGS OF ATHENIAN LIFE 51 the great bronze image of Athena made by Phidias. It portrayed the goddess in her martial character, as indicated in the title Promachos, or Champion, given to the Statue of statue in later times. It stood so high that Athena. the tip of the spear and crest of the helmet were visible above the roof of the Propylaea to passengers on board ships entering the Saronic Gulf. She bore a shield richly adorned with figures added by an artist after Phidias's day.
Here also the Court of the Areopagus held their sittings. Hither came Socrates to apbefore the archon pear at the summons of his accusers; and here, five centuries later, St. Paul addressed the Athenians, who then, as they had done before, made this their favourite Farther south resort. stood a group of buildings likewise dear to the hearts of democratic The first citizens. was a precinct and sanctuary dedicated the Mother of the Gods, and called the Metroon. Here the state to archives were kept.