Athens was known for its temples honoring many deities. Paul brought the gospel to the public places of Athens. His preaching met with mixed results. Some were curious, others were skeptical.  
Context: Athens was a renowned center for Greek culture. The city's golden era was the 5th century B.C., when it was the center of an empire. Sea trade from the Mediterranean world brought wealth to the city. Temples and other public buildings gave the city an air of grandeur. Philosophy flourished in the city. In Roman times, Athens lost political importance, but continued to manifest the ideals of Greek culture. (To see the sights in Athens click here.)

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