Agora was the center of ancient Athens, the center of political, commercial, administrative and social justice, a religious center and the settlement. Place was taken without interruption in all periods of history of the city. It was used as a residential area late Neolithic era (3000 Ch i). At the beginning of XI century, the Agora became a public area.
After repairs and restorations, reached the century rectangular II I. Ch. Repairs following year in the Persian attack i. Ch 480, Ch i. Romans in 89 and Slavs in the year 580 AD. Since the Byzantine period and until 1834 when Athens became the capital of independent Greece, the Agora was again developed as residential area.
The first excavations took place between 1859-1912 and have been organized by Greek Archaeological Society. In 1931, American School of Classical Studies began excavations with the financial support of J. Rockefeller and completed in 1941. For these excavations to take place were demolished around 400 modern buildings covering a surface of 12 hectares.
In the nineteenth century were restored Greek Archaeological Society, the four statues of giants and Triton front of the gymnasium.
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