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Argos (Argolida)

αρχαια αγορα ΑργουςThe construction of the ancient Agora (market) of Argos began in the 6th century B.C. in the southern part of the city, in a central point where the roads from Heraion, Corinth and Tegea met. The construction programme of the Agora had been concluded by the end of the 4th century B.C. During the classical and the Hellenistic era, the Agora consisted of galleries and buildings hardly distinguished today, covered by the subsequent architectural phases. Among the most significant monuments having been revealed is a large pillared hall (32.75 X 32.75m) with a roof supported by 16 Ionian columns and a facade with 15 Dorian columns. It was built around 460 B.C., when Argos adopted democracy and perhaps it functioned as a Bouleuterion (Parliament). Another large building, perhaps a wrestling ring (Palaestra) with galleries with Dorian columns, stands on the southern side of the Agora.

 

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