Tania Contrucci, "Where’s The Mall?: Identifying Commercial Structures in the Archaic and Classical Greek world"
There is a presumption in ancient Greek archaeology that the stoa is a standardized design for commercial buildings. This belief most likely arose from Hellenistic architectural development. However, before the conventional use of the stoa in public commercial architecture of the Hellenistic period, shops were not consistent in their architectural design. Through archaeological evidence and architectural form, this lecture focuses on different examples of archaic and classical public structures in an attempt to identify them as commercial shops.