Ancient Agora. Athens. Greece. View of the excavated foundation of the 5th century BC house of Simon the Cobbler or shoemaker. It is believed that in this building Socrates engaged the local youth and students who were too young to enter the Agora proper in philosophical discussions and conversations. It is said that Pericles also attended. It is also thought by some that Simon may have recorded the conversations in a book of dialogues called Cobblers talk, however we may never know. 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.