Credit: Beatriz García. Odeon of Herod Atticus, Acropolis, Athens.

Agora is called the urban space that was conceived as a social, political and administrative center in the cities of Ancient Greece. Etymologically, the word comes from the Greek ἀγορά (agorá), which derives from the verb ἀγείρω (agueíro), which means ‘to gather’.

The agora, in this sense, served as the current public squares. There, citizens came to debate and discuss the various issues that affected their daily lives, as well as to stock up on food for their personal consumption.

The importance of the Agora, in this sense, lies precisely in that it is constituted as a space for social interaction and exchange and the nerve center of urban life in the city.