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Stoa Basileios (6th century BC)
"Royal Stoa"

This is the site of the Royal Stoa in the Athenian Agora. A stoa was a public building for merchants, meetings, or public administration.

The Royal Stoa was the headquarters of the head magistrate and the council. A statue of Themis (representing Justice) stood in front of the building. Copies of some of the city laws were kept in the Stoa.

This is where Socrates often met with other intellectuals to discuss and debate issues. It was where Socrates was formally charged with impiety by Meletus.

Historians believe that the voting for ostracism, a political practice in Athens during the 5th century BC, may have taken place in front of the Royal Stoa.