Sites of the ancien Agora of Athens and Keramikos
The ancient agora of Athens is one of the most important place in the city, It was the living center of the city and grouped all the activities related to the governance, the elections and the debates, but also the biggest part of social or commercial life. Becoming insufficient to accommodate the elected people, the oratory and the elections have been moved to the Muses' hill where the Pnyx has been erected, and modified many times. It was when the line of the called "Monster of Kifissia" was built, a vapor train that linked Piraeus, then became " the electriko" the line 1 of the subway of today, that the first vestiges came to light in 1852.
5th step : The site of the ancient Agora and its museum
The current Ancient agora dates back to the 6th century BC, an older one existed to the north-east of the Acropolis, but not much information is given about it, just the one mentioned in Homer's publications. The current one may not preserve many impressive remains, but it offers visitors plenty of traces to take them on a journey through history.
The most important things to discover on the site of the Ancient Agora :
- The Archaeological Museum in the stoa - The models on the floor of the stoa - The tritons of Agrippa's odeon - Monuments of the eponymous heroes - The hydraulic clocks - Roman and Hellenistic baths - The Byzantine church of the holy Apostles - The temple of the God Hephaestus -
Some pictures of the Ancient Agora of Athens
A rustic walk to the Sacred Way
6th step : The site of Keramikos and the museum
Keramikos, or the Ceramic Cemetery, was an ancient potters' district that, due to the fine mud of the river Eridanos, allowed the craftsmen to shape the fine Athenian ceramics, incomparably renowned in the ancient world. Located at the western gates of the city along the sacred path to Eleusis, the site had also hosted an ancient cemetery with high art steles. The Museum contains a number of exhibits of great interest to all visitors, one of the most interesting sites in Athens.
Les choses importantes à découvrir sur le site de la céramique :
On the site: The remains of the Dipylon (gates of Athens) - the guarded passage over the Eridanos river - the sacred way - the Mycenaean tholos and other underground tombs - The old quarters - the sumptuous tombs with carved stelae - cemtery avenue -
In the small museum: The bull - the smiling lion - The offerings to the dead - the Mycenaean artefacts - the saved stelae - The kouros - the small wheeled horse - the stele of the young rider - The winged sphynx -