Athenian Agora

The Agora or Marketplace was a civic and commercial center of ancient Athens, located northwest of the Acropolis.  On a typical day citizens shopping or participating in various political activities created a large flow of traffic. The people in the Agora would have been predominantly male with the exception of women of the lower classes who had to help their family make a living and performed menial tasks (like getting water from one of the two fountain houses) alongside slave women from richer families .  For fear of corruption, aristocratic families often did not allow their sons to frequent the Agora until young adulthood.  To spend much idle time in the Agora was considered the mark of a bad character.

This is a plan below (not to scale) of  the Agora (literally, "gathering place").  The buildings included in this plan represent only a selection of the monuments in the Agora

Click on the following items with links for reconstructions, photographs, and information.

  1. Painted Stoa (Stoa Poikilê)
  2. Royal Stoa (Stoa Basileios)
  3. Leokoreion
  4. Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios
  5. Temple of Ancestral Apollo (Apollo Patrôos)
  6. Temple of Hephaistos
  7. Temple of Cybele, the Mother Goddess (Mêtrôon) - Old Bouleuterion
  8. Bouleuterion
  9. Eponymous Heroes Monument
  10. Tholos
  11. Middle Stoa
  12. SW Fountain House
  13. Heliaea
  14. South Stoa
  15. SE Fountain House
  16. Mint
  17. Panathenaic Way
  18. Stoa of Attalus


Reconstructions of Agora
Northwest Corner of Agora (model)
Northwest Corner of Agora (photograph)
Southern End of Agora (model)
The Agora Today
Political Murder in the Agora

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