Ancient Agora. Athens. Greece. Panoramic view of the Agora with the Temple of Hephaestus prominent on the far left and the restored Stoa of Attalos on the far right. The Agora from 600 BC onwards was the commercial and social centre of Ancient Athens. It was here that laws were written and displayed, commercial goods bought and sold, intellectual discussions were had, and the democratic spirited was born and nurtured.