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Agora
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Agora

The word 'Agora' (pronounced 'ah-go-RAH') is Greek for 'open place of assembly' and, early in the history of Greece, designated the area in the city where free-born citizens could gather to hear civic announcements, muster for military campaigns...
The Athenian Agora in the Roman Era
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The Athenian Agora in the Roman Era

Greece became a Roman province in 146 BCE after the Roman general Mummius destroyed the Greek capital city of Corinth. Athens did not convert to Roman ways so quickly, however. The city and its building programs remained relatively static...
Historical Accuracy in the Film Agora
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Historical Accuracy in the Film Agora

In 2009, film director Alejandro Amenabar brought the story of Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 370-415 CE) to the screen through the feature film Agora. Prior to the film's release, and more so following, Christian writers criticized the movie's...
The Archaic Athenian Agora: Gateway to Classical Athenian Democracy
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The Archaic Athenian Agora: Gateway to Classical Athenian Democracy

The early Athenian Agora served a series of very different purposes than it did in its halcyon days of ancient history. The area that came to be the Agora was in use as a cemetery from the Bronze Age (approximately 3000 B.C.) until...
The Classical Agora, the Final Chapter: The Beginning of the End For the Heyday of Ancient Athens
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The Classical Agora, the Final Chapter: The Beginning of the End For the Heyday of Ancient Athens

Just as the Athenian Agora was home to the many legal and political headquarters of the polis, it also was home base to the all-important Athenian army. In the chronicles of ancient history, we can see how armies and navies played a vital...
Law and Politics in the Athenian Agora: Ancient Democracy at Work
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Law and Politics in the Athenian Agora: Ancient Democracy at Work

The Agora was the central gathering place for all of Athens, where social and commercial dealings took place. Arguably, it's most important purpose was as the home base for all of the city-state's administrative, legal and political functions...
Pericles and the Agora: Ancient Symbol of Commerce and Democracy
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Pericles and the Agora: Ancient Symbol of Commerce and Democracy

The great statesman Pericles was credited with bringing Athens into its "golden age", at a pinnacle of culture, wealth, and influence that few other cultures have achieved in history. Under Pericles, Athens became the legendary...
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Kimon: Beautifier of the Athenian Agora

The Classical Athenian Agora began to take shape under the ruling of Kimon. He took power around 479 B.C., as the Athenian people ostracized Themistocles. As a respected general who had led many victories for Athens in the Persian Wars, he...
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The Classical Athenian Agora: Setting the Standard for Democracy

After Athens' victory in the Persian War (around 448 BC), it was leader among the Greek poleis in the realms of politics, economics, art, and literature. They were seemingly untouchable, except by perhaps the Spartans. This period of...
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The Hellenistic Agora: Countdown to Roman Rule

The Hellenistic Period of Ancient History is generally though of as the time between the Classical Period (5th century BC) and the onset of the Roman period (1st century BC). It is characterized by Macedonian rule, brought about by the military...