The Athenian Agora: Excavations in the Heart of Classical Athens

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The great public square known as the Agora was the living heart of ancient Athens, where citizens met formally to administer civic affairs, and informally to trade or discuss politics or to take part in religious processions and athletic displays. In the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., the Agora was the scene of some of the finest political, philosophical, and artistic achievements in the first flowering of Western civilization.

John M. Camp brings together the results of sixty...

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The great public square known as the Agora was the living heart of ancient Athens, where citizens met formally to administer civic affairs, and informally to trade or discuss politics or to take part in religious processions and athletic displays. In the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., the Agora was the scene of some of the finest political, philosophical, and artistic achievements in the first flowering of Western civilization.

John M. Camp brings together the results of sixty years' work by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Drawing on the wealth of excavated evidence, richly supplemented by literary and inscriptional references, Professor Camp tells the story of the Agora from Neolithic to medieval times.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780500276839
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Series: New Aspects of Antiquity Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's foreword 7
Preface 9
1 Introduction 14
2 Before the Agora 19
The Prehistoric Background 19
The Agora Area in the Neolithic Period 24
The Bronze Age 25
The Dark Ages and the Geometric Period 27
3 The Archaic Agora 35
Athens in the 6th Century 35
Solon 38
The Athenian Tyrants: Peisistratos and His Sons 39
The Constitutional Reforms of Kleisthenes 48
Marathon and Ostracism 57
The Persian Sack of 480 BC 59
4 The Classical Agora 61
Historical Background 61
Kimonian Athens 66
Periklean Athens and the Rebuilding of Sanctuaries 77
The Peloponnesian War and Its Aftermath 87
Public Buildings of the Athenian Democracy 90
Private Industry and Commerce 135
Private Houses 148
Recovery After 400 BC 150
5 Macedon and the Hellenistic period 153
Macedonian Rule: Demetrios Poliorcetes 162
The 3rd Century BC: Civil Wars 166
The 2nd Century BC: Recovery 168
6 The Roman period 181
The Herulian Sack of Athens in AD 267 197
The 4th Century AD: Alaric and the Visigoths 198
The Slavic Invasion 212
Epilogue 215
Chronological table 218
Ancient passages cited or translated 220
Bibliography 221
List of illustrations 224
Index 227
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