THE AGORA ( Priene )


The agora was constracted in the 3rd centruy B.C. It was mainly an open space with the dimensions of 77m x 36m., which was surrounded by a hall with stoas (walk-way, covered by a ceiling on the top and surrounded by columns and shops on sides) on three sides. There were 49 Doric stoas decorating the outer facade and 24 Ionic stoas supporting the roof from the inside.

There was an altar for offering sacrifices to god Hermes.

The Agora of Priene was an open place for people to meet, celebrate special days and festivals and do commerce like any other Hellenistic city Agoras.

The main area at the center and in front of the stoas were full of statues made of bronze and marble, painted to various colours. It was looking very egzotic and charming.

There were platforms for people to sit and also the statues to stand.

There used to be a separate section for food market.

During the second bright period (2nd century B.C.) of Priene, the Agora was surrounded by large buildings. Kolonad was the most important of these buildings. It was built by the King of Cappadocia Ariarathes VI in 130 B.C.



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