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The Stoa of Attalos is a very interesting building The location is in Athens Greece more specifically in the ancient Athenian Agora or market place Unlike many ancient Greek or Roman Buildings the Stoa of Attalos is fully reconstructed identically to its original form The present day building is referred to as the American school in Athens I am going to tell you about the history of the building for instance when it was built and re-built You will also read about man who originally financed the building and I will tell you who paid for the reconstruction I will describe the building and show you pictures along the way I will talk about the materials used it the building Finally you will learn about the use of the building The Stoa of Attalos is part of an ongoing excavation of the Athenian Agora The original stoa is a gift to Athens from Attalos II King of Pergamon from 159 138 BC It was a gesture of gratitude because him like many other men from royal families in the Hellenistic period studied in the schools of Athens In other words it was a gift to his Alma Matter when he was married Scholars know this information primarily because of an inscription on stone found in the ruins which says King Attalos II son of King Attalos and of Queen Apollonis Excavations of the Stoa of Attalos and the surrounding agora stared in the late 1800s by Greek Archeologist and then in the early 1900s the Americans took over the task To this day students from all over America are excavating the Agora and the findings can be seen in parts of the American school in Athens because parts of the American school are used as an Agora Museum The land on which the Agora sits was not actually used for buildings until the Classical period Before then it was used as a Mycenaean burial
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