[The Agora]

The Stoa of Zeus

Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios (Freedom) - dedicated to a god, but not a temple. The cult of Freedom began in 479 BC after the defeat of the Persians at the battle of Plataea, when Greece was freed from the threat of Persian dominance. The Stoa dates from about 430-420 BC: it is a handsome building in Pentelic marble in the Doric order. It was decorated with shields of men who'd died in battle, and paintings of battles. It was an informal meeting place; Socrates met his friends and pupils here.

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