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The Ancient Agora was discovered during large digging between 1931 and 1941 and between 1946 and 1960 by Americans. An complete quarter had to be broken down to make this possible. But looking at the great treasures that are visible nowadays you must conclude this was worth it.
This Ancient Agora was built in the 6th century B.C. and in the follwoing centuries. It was an agora that had to replaced the Agora of Theseus, that was located south from the Ancient Agora. This one had became too small.
The new Agora became the centre of Athens for centuries. Of course it was a major market- and tradingplace. Al the big roads ended here and the Athenian trade had its glorious days here.
But the Ancient Agora had more. There was the Panathinian Road going over this Agora. This was the road that was used during the Holy Games of Athena. There were government building here: judgemental and political problems were discussed here.
There also was place for philosophical discussions. The theory of Stoical Studies was practured here, in (of course) the stoa´s. And there were temples, libraries, and lots of other meeting places.
The glory period of the Ancient Agora lasted untill 267 A.D. when the city was set on fire by the Herules. The agora was abandoned by a century, and after this period there were built houses on top of the ruines. This stayed like this until the 20th century, when they were moved to reach the old treasured we find here today.
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