Main definitions of agora in English

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agora1

noun

  • (in ancient Greece) a public open space used for assemblies and markets.

    • ‘With time, the agora or marketplace began to appear within the polis.’
    • ‘By the end of the fourth century B.C., the city had, right in the middle of the agora, a big public clock that divided every stretch of daylight into twelve hours.’
    • ‘From the Greek agora to the contemporary mall, the forms of public space are a direct reflection of society's public and private values.’
    • ‘In Pausanias's time the forum was certainly to the south and below Temple Hill, but the location of the agora of Greek Corinth is uncertain.’
    • ‘The Athenian youth flocked to his side as he walked the paths of the agora.’
    • ‘There was a famous cathedral in Amsterdam that operated as a sort of agora, a public forum.’
    • ‘A fundamental question is how to prepare this ‘fearless speaker’ to participate in the agora or contemporary public space.’
    • ‘He struck me as a latter-day Socrates who had missed out on his true calling in the agora of Periclean Athens by some 2,500 years.’
    • ‘To forestall a democratic counter-attack, the oligarchs set fire to the buildings around the agora, causing massive loss of property and risking a general conflagration.’
    • ‘And while I agree that a more public social ecology is emerging, it is a public like the Greek agora, a forum for only some members of society…’
    • ‘We could basically make philosophy more popular than it's been since the days of the agora, in ancient Greece.’
    • ‘The alternative to this is not the cosy, comradely little agora of the ancient Athenians but streets filled with thousands shouting in favour of contradictory wishes and guided by neither agreed ethics nor law.’
    • ‘For him this market, or agora, is not the center of our city but the city itself, the place where we live.’
    • ‘Already video conferencing, e-commerce, and video entertainment are migrating to cyberspace, leaving behind the agoras, bazaars, and amphitheatres of the past.’
    • ‘Timoleon resigned his office, allegedly because of blindness, died in the mid-to late 330s, and was buried in the Syracusan agora.’
    • ‘There is no agora, no public space for debating ideas, interests, policies’
    • ‘Amongst the first buildings to be set out in the new Hellenistic city were the agora and the monumental temples on the acropolis.’
    • ‘The Capitoline Hill became the religious center of the city and the Forum, formerly a cemetery, became a public meeting place, thus serving a similar role as the agora had at Athens.’
    • ‘Today, as you step out of Liverpool Lime Street Station and are confronted by the classical triumphalism of St. George's Hall and a cobbled public space vaguely reminiscent of an Athenian agora, that urban ideal is instantly apparent.’
    • ‘It's our definition of the agora (market in Ancient Rome), if you will.’

Origin

From Greek.

Main definitions of agora in English

: agora1agora2

agora2

noun

  • A monetary unit of Israel, equal to one hundredth of a shekel.

    • ‘It sounds like an aluminum 1 agora coin from Israel. These have scalloped edges, not round.’
    • ‘The New Agora which replaced the existing Agora was given the value of 1 New Agora: 10 Agoras.’
    • ‘For many people, the very essence of Israeliness is expressed in the visual icons that came into being in the early decades of the state - from the scallop-edged agora coin and the bedroom slippers that went everywhere to the cottage cheese container that can still be found in almost every refrigerator in the country.’
    • ‘I tried to push it in with another 10-agora coin, and on the small screen of the meter the word "Fail" appeared.’
    • ‘With the introduction of the shekel on February 24, 1980, a series of new agora coins was put into circulation.’

Origin

From Hebrew ῾ăgōrāh small coin.