[The Agora]

Simon the Cobbler's Shop

Almost certainly here, just outside the Agora, was the workshop of Simon, the philosophical cobbler. A discarded cup wth his name was found in the street outside, and inside were innumerable hobnails and eyelets for laces. According to the literary evidence (Xenophon) Socrates used to chat here with the boys who were too young to enter the Agora. According to Plutarch, Pericles was also a frequent visitor.

Objects found here include nails, eyelets and - best of all - the base of a cup inscribed ΣΙΜΩΝΟΣ - "Simon's"

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