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|The Agora, the marketplace and
civic center, was one of the most important parts of an ancient city of
Athens. In addition to being a place where people gathered to buy and
sell all kinds of commodities, it was also a place where people
assembled to discuss all kinds of topics: business, politics, current
events, or the nature of the universe and the divine. The Agora
of Athens, where ancient Greek democracy first came to life, provides a
wonderful opportunity to examine the commercial, political, religious,
and cultural life of one of the great cities of the ancient world.
The earliest archaeological excavations in the Athenian Agora were
conducted by the Greek Archaeological Society in the 19th century.
Since 1931 and continuing to the present day, the excavations have been
conducted by the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
Catalogues (click on any thumbnail to view
Agora Picture Books (American School of Classical Studies). Small
booklets on various aspects of daily life in the commercial and
political center of ancient Athens. The booklets can be purchased from
the Publications office of the American School of Classical
Studies at Athens. Low-resolution PDF files of the same booklets can
also be downloaded for free. Visit the ASCSA Publications website for a complete list of
titles and instructions on how to download and/or purchase these
booklets as well as other ASCSA publications.
- Camp, J. 1986. The Athenian Agora: Excavations in the Heart of Classical
- Camp, J. 1990. The Athenian Agora: A Guide to the
Excavations and Museum, 4th ed. revised,
- Camp, J. 2003. The Athenian Agora: A Short Guide in Color
(Agora Picture Book 16),
- Thompson, H.A.,
and Wycherley, R.E. 1972. The
Athenian Agora 14: The Agora of Athens, Princeton.
- Wycherley, R.E.
1973. The Athenian Agora 3: The
Literary and Epigraphical Testimonia, Princeton.