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Izmir, Izmir Province, Turkey
 

The Agora of Smyrna

 
 
The Agora of Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
1. The Agora of Smyrna Marker
Inscription.
English Text

The agora of Smyrna was the city's administrative, political, judicial, and commercial center. It was located in the center and covered a rectangular area in conformance with the gridiron plan of the city.

Remains found in the agora and scientific excavation work carried out here have led to the conclusion that the agora was built at the end of the 4th century B.C. and that it was one of the earliest construction projects of the new city. From the Hellenistic period onwards the Agora was rennovated stage by stage, and additions and alterations were made. The Agora took its present form by the end of the 2nd beginning of the 3rd century A.D. and it preserved this general character until at least the 7th century A.D.

The Agora was founded on sloping terrain and by means of vaulted basement stories built on the western and northern wings, the courtyard area was turned into a level terrace. All four sides of this area were surrounded by columned galleries (porticoes). These columned galleries (porticoes) were semi-enclosed structures built to protect people from sun, rain, and excessively hot or cold weather.
 
Erected by Izmir Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 38° 25.109′ N, 27° 
The Agora of Smyrna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
2. The Agora of Smyrna Marker
View of the featured marker (4th from left) situated in a cluster of markers, with a view of the entrance to the archaeological park on the high ground above the markers.
8.312′ E. Marker is in Izmir, Izmir Province. Marker can be reached from Tarik Sari Sokağı just east of Eşrefpaşa Cd., on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is situated in the Smyrna archaeological park, which is in a business/residential neighborhood. This particular marker is just inside the park, from the main entrance, and at the base of the entrance stairway, on the left, and is part of a cluster of markers. Marker is in this post office area: Izmir, Izmir Province 35240, Turkey.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Agora of Smyrna (here, next to this marker); The Ancient City of Smyrna (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Ancient City of Smyrna (here, next to this marker); The West Portico (within shouting distance of this marker); Neocorus of the Cult of the Emperor at Smyrna (within shouting distance of this marker); Honorary Inscription (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Channels (within shouting distance of this marker); The Basement of the West Portico (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Izmir.
 
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The Agora of Smyrna image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
3. The Agora of Smyrna
View of the western end of the agora area, as seen looking down from the main entrance, into the archaeological park.
The Agora of Smyrna image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
4. The Agora of Smyrna
Panoramic view of the agora area, as seen from the main entrance, of the archaeological park.
The Agora of Smyrna image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
5. The Agora of Smyrna
View of the street-side entrance to the archaeological park, with the featured marker being just inside of the entrance, at the base of the steps used by visitors upon first entering the park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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