Commercial Agora of Ephesus

This market area is known as the “Square Agora” because of its dimensions 360 feet square. It arose in the Hellenistic period and was surrounded on all sides by arched shops about 40 feet deep. It is located next to the harbor and was the city’s main commercial center. It is quite possible that Paul worked here with Priscilla and Aquila in their tent-making business. Actually, there are two agoras in the city but considering the size, this one is much bigger than the so-called agora. Probably it was not just a market place also a stock market too. Most of the trade used to take place in the main garden of this majestic sized agora. Things like gold, silver, precious gems, olive oil, silk, leather, cotton, spices were the main items being sold.

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