The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

An Ancient Shopping Center: The Athenian Agora

by Dorothy B. Thompson

Agora Picture Book 12
32 pp, b/w figs
5.5" x 8.5"
Paper, ISBN: 978-0-87661-635-2
Publication Date: Nov 1993
Status: Active

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Description:
As well as being a political center, the Agora was the focus of a noisy and varied commercial life. This booklet illustrates the archaeological, documentary, and pictorial evidence for such diverse trades as shoe-making, fishmongering, weaving, and the manufacture of luxury goods and perfumes. Shopping was just one aspect of this public space: ancient Athenians would also have received medical treatment, been married and buried, made sacrifices, and received education in the Agora. The material remains from all of these activities are also discussed. Vivid illustrations and useful resources, such as a table of prices and coinage, bring the bustling marketplace to life.