Photographer's Note

For three centuries, the agora or forum was the administrative centre of the capital city. It was designed as a unified complex on a site where, in the 1st c. BC, there had been a few private houses and scattered temporary workshop installations. In the 1st c. AD a first agora began to be built in the area. A large, rectangular hall in the middle of the east wing served the needs of the bouleuterion (council-house). However, the organisation of the forum complex, in the form in which it has come to light, began around the middle of the 2nd c. AD and is obviously linked to the love of Hadrian and his successors for the achievements of the Greek spirit on the one hand, and to the drastic rise in the population of the city and the pressing need for a larger administrative centre on the other.

The forum complex also boasts two Roman baths, one of which has been excavated while the other is buried underneath the city, and a small theater which was also used for gladiatorial games. Although the initial complex was not built in Roman times, it was largely refurbished in the 2nd century.It is believed that the forum and the theater continued to be used until at least the 6th century.

The area of the forum was planned to be the site of the Thessaloniki Municipal Courthouse , but after the ruins were discovered during the excavation, the project was scrapped.

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  • Copyright: Piotr FG (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 6036 W: 2 N: 12181] (56312)
  • Genre: Plaatsen
  • Medium: Kleur
  • Date Taken: 2022-05-00
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  • Date Submitted: 2022-08-16 15:26
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