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Agora

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The agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. It is the best representation of city form’s response to accommodate the social and political order of the polis.

The literal meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The

agora was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political

life in the city. The Ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example.

Early in Greek history (10th–8th centuries BC), free-born citizens

would gather in the agora for military duty or to hear statements of the

ruling king or council. Later, the agora also served as a marketplace,

where merchants kept stalls or shops to sell their goods amid colonnades. This attracted artisans who built workshops nearby.

From these twin functions of the agora as a political and a commercial space came the two Greek verbs ἀγοράζω, agorázō, "I shop", and ἀγορεύω, agoreúō, "I speak in public".

The term agoraphobia

denotes a phobic condition in which the sufferer becomes anxious in

environments that are unfamiliar–for instance, places where they

perceive that they have little control. Such anxiety may be triggered by

wide-open spaces, by crowds, or by some public situations, and the

psychological term derives from the agora as a large and open gathering

place.