Photographer's Note

One last photo of the Ancient Agora of Athens, this time with a close-up of the Stoa of Attalos, which appears also in my penultimate post.

If I understand right what I read about stoae (or, less precisely, stoas), they were a kind of ancestors of shopping malls, perhaps mixed with office building and I suppose we can say that they were the noblest part of the main marketplaces. This one was built by a king Attalos II of Pergamon, a Greek state in Anatolia, located near the present day Turkish city of Bergama. Attalos ruled between 159 BC and 138 BC and he built the stoa as a gift for the education he had received in Athens.

The building was in use until 267 AC, when it was destroyed in one of the first barbarian raids. The ruins became part of a fortification wall. Finally, it was fully restored in the 1950's with funds donated by the Rockefeller family and now serves as the Ancient Agora Museum.

Location (latitude, longitude): 37.97457,23.7241

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