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agora

noun ag·o·ra \ ˈa-gə-rə \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of agora

plural agoras or agorae play \-ˌrē, -ˌrī\
:a gathering place; especially :the marketplace in ancient Greece

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In ancient Greek cities, an agora was an open space serving as an assembly area and a place 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, covered areas 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.

Origin and Etymology of agora

borrowed from Greek agorá, noun derivative of ageírein "to gather, assemble," of uncertain origin
Note: An Indo-European base *h2ger- is reconstructible, but Greek ageírein has no easily recognizable congeners. Comparisons with Latin greg-, grex "flock" (allegedly from a reduplicated *gre-g-) and further forms with assumed root extensions from a base *gr- are extremely tenuous.


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agora

noun ago·ra \ ˌä-gə-ˈrä \

Definition of agora

plural agorot play \-ˈrōt\
:a monetary subunit of the shekel — see shekel at Money Table

Origin and Etymology of agora

borrowed from Modern Hebrewʼăgōrāh, going back to Hebrew, "payment, coin," derivative of ʼāgar "to hire"


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