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The ancient Agora Athens

The ancient Agora Athens Greece

The ancient Agora Athens was the meeting place of Athenians where they discussed on political and social issues. It was also the center of the cultural activities as well as the seat of justice. There principles such as philosophy and democracy started initially to develop.

Ancient Greek vase Athens Agora

 About the history of the Ancient Agora Athens

During the Neolithic period (3000 BC), the place used to be a burial and residential area. Especially after the invasion of the Persians in 480 BC the city of Athens and the Agora suffered from damages. Then in the 4th and 5th century the erection of buildings took place. Under the statesman Solon, in the 6th century, the Agora became the site where dignitaries met each other. There Statesmen such as Themistocles, Pericles as well as poets such as Sophocles and Euripides used to talk to citizens.

ancient Greek clothing Roman agora Athens

In addition philosophers such as Sokrates, Plato and Aristotle enlightened the folk with their talks. During the Roman period took place the erection of buildings to host tutors of philosophy. After the establishment of Christianity the emperor Justinian ordered the closing of the schools in AD 529. Unfortunately the historic site has faced a lot of damages deriving from different parts of the history. For instance the invasion of Herulae in AD 267 and that of the Visigoths in the 4th century damaged Agora. Moreover the place suffered from the Vandals in the 5th century and the slavs in AD 580. Therefore Athenians carried out continuoulsy restoration works to the place .

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