(Supreme Court of Cassation)
After 2000 years, it is obvious that Arios Pagos is a symbol; a symbol of strong content and lasting, eternal character and meaning. For the Greeks, Arios Pagos may be a place in the center of Athens, next to the Acropolis and the Temple of Hephaestus, but for all of humanity it remains a symbol of special importance, that must be understood. The meeting of two civilizations, Jewish and Ancient Hellenic, did not take place in Arios Pagos with the visit of the apostle Paul. It is known that Jewish people and Jewish Synagogues already existed in Athens, and therefore one culture knew the existence of the other and coexisted.
The new element that Apostle Paul brought on that day to Arios Pagos was not the Jewish religion, but the resurrection of Christ, and the power that raised Jesus. This was the message, not the replacement of Ancient Greek religion with the Jewish one.
The new wine made by apostle Paul in Arios Pagos was not intended to turn the Greek people into Jews, to repeat what they had done in their own past, but was intended to bring the personal and highly individual element of repentance to the center of every human being . An element that would contribute to the renewal of the perspective of life and not to the destruction of the past.