agora


1ag·o·ra

noun \ˈa-gə-rə\
plural ag·o·ras or ag·o·rae\-ˌrē, -ˌrī\

Definition of AGORA

:  a gathering place; especially :  the marketplace in ancient Greece

Origin of AGORA

Greek, from ageirein to gather
First Known Use: 1598

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

2ago·ra

noun \ˌä-gə-ˈrä\
plural ago·rot \-ˈrōt\

Definition of AGORA

:  a monetary subunit of the shekel — see shekel at money table

Origin of AGORA

Modern Hebrew ăgōrāh, from Hebrew, a small coin
First Known Use: 1963

agora

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Plaster model of the Agora, Athens, as it might have appeared in the 2nd century AD—American School of Classical Studies at Athens

In ancient Greek cities, an open space serving as an assembly area and backdrop for commercial, civic, social, and religious activities. Use of the agora varied in different periods. Located in the middle of the city or near the harbor, it was often enclosed by public buildings, colonnades containing shops, and stoas for protection from sun and bad weather. The highest honor for a citizen was to be granted a tomb in the agora.

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