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Dictionary Definition

agora

Noun

1 100 agorot equal 1 shekel
2 the marketplace in ancient Greece
3 a place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece [syn: forum, public square] [also: agorae (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology 1

From < (ageirō) “I gather, collect”

Noun

  1. A place for gathering.
  2. A marketplace, especially in Classical Greece.

Etymology 2

אגורה.

Noun

  1. Since 1960 a monetary unit and coin of Israel, the 100th part of a shekel / sheqel.

Portuguese

Etymology

From hac hora.

Adverb

agora
  1. now
  2. just now

See also

Spanish

Etymology

From hac hora.

Adverb

agora

Usage notes

Replaced with ahora.

Extensive Definition

The Agora was an open "place of assembly" in ancient Greek city-states. Early in Greek history (900s–700s BCE), free-born male land-owners who were citizens would gather in the agora for military duty or to hear statements of the ruling king or council. Later in Greek history, the agora served as a marketplace where merchants kept stalls or shops to sell their goods under colonnades.
Classical Athens boasted a large agora in the very heart of the city. Under the Athenian dictators Pisistratus and Hippias, the agora was cleared to a rectangular open area of about 600 by 750 yards, bordered with grand public buildings. =

Discovery

The ancient Athenian agora has been excavated by the American School of Classical Studies since 1931. In the 1950s, the Hellenistic Stoa of Attalos was reconstructed on the east side of the agora, and today it serves as a museum and as storage and office space for the excavation team.
The word agoraphobia, the fear of critical public situations, derives from agora in its meaning as a marketplace.
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