Delphi could never quite be bothered to climb up to the Areopagus. There were too many hills in Athens, she thought. All the men seemed to like it, but then, Athenian men liked to stay fit.
The Athenians made sure they exercised regularly by putting all the really important places on the tops of tall hills. You could just make a speech in the street, but no – dragging everybody up the nearest hill and make them stand around in the melting heat of the day with no water – that was how to get an audience. It also helped if it had a nice view. The Areopagus was popular in this regard, as it offered easy access from the Agora, a nice view of the Acropolis and a sweat-drenched hell of a climb to get to the top.
When St Paul came to teach the Greeks about Christianity, they told him exactly where to go.