The Agora

The Agora A reconstruction of the market in Athens from The Greeks documentary

The agora, or marketplace, was the major focus of everyday affairs in the city and was particularly spacious - about 100 meters by 200 meters. Trade of all kinds took place here, including not just 'ordinary' goods, but barbershops, bathhouses, perfume vendors, drinking establishments and brothels.

Custom dictated that respectable women and young men should be absent from the agora until after midday, though in fact lower class women would often be present from the early morning, selling such things as food and bread. Bread-sellers were notoriously loud-mouthed and vulgar.

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