At Kerameikos, the district where the most important cemetery of Athens used to be, works of high quality plastic art, like this bas-relief stele, decorated the tombs of the wealthy families and distinguished citizens of ancient Athens. Furthermore, Kerameikos was the official burial ground of the Athenians who died during wars. That is the reason why Thucydides characterized Kerameikos as the "most beautiful suburb of Athens. In Ancient times Kerameikos was an area with houses, workshops, gymnasiums, shouting busy life. At Kerameikos, as is obvious by the name of the area, potters and blacksmiths had their workshops. This area, thanks to Eridanos river, provided suitable soil for pottery and water, something necessary for blacksmiths. The history as cemetery started already from the 3rd millennium BC and lasted until the 6th century AD.