Ancient Agora. Athens. Greece. View of the foundations of the 4th century BC Temple of Patroos in the Agora. The small Temple was tetrastyle in antis with polygonal walls and four Ionic Columns in the front. A monumental statue of Apollo by Euphranor was found inside. It is dedicated to Apollo the father of Ion, much worshipped in Athens because of their Ionian descent. 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.