The Athenian Agora was the center of the ancient city of Athens. It was a large square where the citizens could assemble. The space might be used as a market, or for an election, a dramatic performance, a religious procession, military drill, or athletic competition. The quare was surrounded by the public buildings necessary to run the Athenian government. Until Peisistratus reorganised the Agora (in 6th Century BC), there are private houses, too. Excavations in the ancient Athenian Agora are conducted by the American School of Classical Studies (since 1931). The Stoa of Attalos was adapted to house the Museum of Athenian Agora.
Primary funding for the excavations is provided by the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI).
The ancient Agora of Athens is a top-rated tip for all tourists visiting Athens.
Greek Name: Αρχαία Αγορά της Αθήνας