The declivities of the ground are still indicated in most topographical maps by a system of strokes or hachures, first devised by L.
It is well stocked with trout, and the steep declivities of the lower valley furnish red wines of excellent quality.
The plateau-like summit, which originally could be reached only from the south by a steep and narrow path, was rendered almost impregnable to Indian attack by a sheer cliff on the river side of the hill, a deep ravine along its eastern base and steep declivities on the other sides.
The hemlock prefers rather dry and elevated situations, often forming woods on the declivities of mountains.
In the time of the Peisistratids the Agora was enlarged so as to extend over the Inner Ceramicus on the north-west, apparently reaching the northern declivities of the Areopagus and the Acropolis on the south.