Science: Stoa of Rockefeller

The agora of ancient Athens was the nearest thing to the birthplace of Western civilization. Primarily a market place, it served as university, town meeting, news and gossip center, gathering place for poets, artists and philosophers. For years archaeologists of the American School of Classical Studies have been excavating at the site of the agora, removing some ten feet of dirt. Last week they were busy restoring the Stoa of Attalus, one of the agora's main buildings.

The Stoa, a long, two-story promenade of white marble, was given to Athens by Attalus II, King of Pergamum (159-138 B.C.). On the second floor...

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