Roman Agora

Coordinates: 37°58′27″N 23°43′35″E / 37.9742°N 23.7265°E / 37.9742; 23.7265
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Remains of the Roman Agora built in Athens during the Roman period
Ancient columns
Gate of Athena Archegetis.

The Roman Agora (Greek: Ρωμαϊκή Αγορά) at Athens is located to the north of the Acropolis and to the east of the Ancient Agora.

History[edit]

The Roman Agora was built around 100 metres east of the original agora by Eucles of Marathon between 27 BC and 17 BC (or possibly in 10 BC), using funds donated by Augustus, in fulfilment of a promise originally made by Julius Caesar in 51 BC.[1] The Roman Agora has not today been fully excavated, but is known to have been an open space surrounded by a peristyle. To its south was a fountain. To its west, behind a marble colonnade, were shops and an Ionic propylaeum (entrance), the Gate of Athena Archegetis. To its east was a Doric gate, the East Propylon,[2] next to the Tower of the Winds and a set of "vespasianae" (public toilets). An inscription records the existence of an Agoranomion (an office for market officials).

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Schmalz 2009, pp. 79–80.
  2. ^ Camp, 2001: 192

Bibliography[edit]

  • Camp, John M. (2001). The Archaeology of Athens. London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0300081979.
  • Schmalz, Geoffrey C. R. (2009). Augustan and Julio-Claudian Athens : a new epigraphy and prosopography. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-17009-4.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ancient Roman Agora (Athens) at Wikimedia Commons

37°58′27″N 23°43′35″E / 37.9742°N 23.7265°E / 37.9742; 23.7265