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Ancient Agora

The Ancient Agora was probably laid out in the centre of the city as a public space in the 6th century BC, even though Laurence Baurain-Rebillard has suggested that it dates back to the 7th century. Earlier, it is possible that a more primitive Agora existed elsewhere in Athens. The Ancient Agora was located in the intersection of three existing roads with the Panathenaic Way, the main road in Athens. It was organised by Peisistratus, who removed private residences from the Agora, closed wells, and made it the centre of Athenian government. He also created a drainage system, fountains and a temple to the Olympian gods. In the 5th and 4th century BC there were temples erected in worship of Hephaestus, Zeus and Apollo.