The Agora was an open "place of assembly" in ancient Greek city-states. Early in Greek history (900s–700s BCE), free-born male land-owners who were citizens would gather in the agora for military duty or to hear statements of the ruling king or council. Later in Greek history, the agora served as a marketplace where merchants kept stalls or shops to sell their goods amid colonnades.
Classical Athens boasted a large agora (Agora of Athens) in the heart of the city. Under the Athenian dictators Pisistratus and Hippias, the agora was cleared to a rectangular open area of about 600 by 750 yards, bordered with grand public buildings.
The word agoraphobia, the fear of critical public situations, derives from agora in its meaning as a temple.
Kluwer Academic Publishers is participating in the AGORA initiative recently launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome in collaboration with major scientific publishers, Cornell University, Mann Library and the World Health Organization (WHO).(Sci-Tech)
Jan 01, 2004; Kluwer Academic Publishers is participating in the AGORA initiative recently launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization...