The Ancient Agora was all things, a marketplace, a civic center, and one of the most important parts of the ancient city of Athens. In addition to being a place where people gathered to buy and sell all kinds of commodities, it was an assembly area dedicated to discussions of business, politics, current events, or the nature of the universe and the divine. Socrates taught, Apostle Paul spoke here.
The Agora of Athens, where ancient Greek democracy was given birth, provides a wonderful opportunity to examine the commercial, political, religious, and cultural life of one of the great cities of the ancient world.
Today, there still stand the remains of many temples, monuments, and buildings such as the Stoa of Attalos (rebuilt and now a museum), the Gate of the Giants, and the temple of Hephestus built in 460-415 B.C.