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Ecclesiastre of Messene

An Ekklesiasterion ( Greek ἐκκλησιαστήριον ) was in the city-states of ancient Greece the assembly room of the Ekklesia , the people's assembly of the city, to which all citizens with full citizenship belonged. A closer circle, the council ( Bule ) of the city, on the other hand, met in the much smaller Buleuterion .

The Ekklesiasterion usually consisted, similar to the theater of ancient Greece, of rising rows of seats that were arranged in a semicircle around a speaker's platform. In the Ekklesiasterion of Akragas in Sicily , for example, there were 20 rows of seats. The oldest known Ekklesiasterion is that of Metapontium , which dates back to the end of the 7th century BC. Goes back.


  • Luca Cerchiai, Lorena Jannelli, Fausto Longo: The Greeks in Southern Italy. Searching for traces between Naples and Syracuse. Konrad Theiss Verlag Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-8062-1845-5