The agora is the "open space" in Athens where people (the demos) shopped and argued and listened to the philosophers, and went to school.

Stoa of Attalos Hephaisteion
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It was surrounded by public buildings and temples and stoas. In this picture you can see inter alia the Temple of the blacksmith god, Hephaistos. The low hill on which it sits was the area where blacksmiths had their forges and potters had their workshops. This view of the civic centre of Athens was taken from the Acropolis which was the religious focus of Athenian life.

What is it that agoraphobics fear?

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