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The Roman Forum (NE view)
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26/11/2007
Roman Agora (Forum)

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Source: C.E.T.I.
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The first construction phase of the Roman agora took place in the 1st century AD. New buildings were constructed in the city of Philippi during the Roman era, mainly at the times of the Antonines (second half of the 2nd century AD).
The Roman agora was constructed in the city centre and its buildings were arranged around a rectangular paved square measuring 100 X 50 m, the north side of which was traversed by Via Egnatia. In the middle of the side is preserved the speakersĺ podium flanked by two monumental fonts on the right and left sides. The northwestern and northeaster corners of the square were occupied by the temples dedicated to the worship of the emperors. The administrative buildings of this colony were on the left side of the Agora; more specifically, the records office, or tabularium survives at the south side, while the curia is found at the northwest side. On the south side were revealed 21 rooms that served as shops or storage rooms, while the Library was traced at the east wing.
The Roman Agora experienced severe damages by an earthquake in the 6th century AD and by the end of this century it was occupied by villagers, when it finally ceased to operate in the early 7th century AD.