The agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. It is the best representation of city form’s response to accommodate the social and political order of the polis; the literal meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The agora was the center of the athletic, artistic and political life in the city; the Ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example. Early in Greek history, free-born citizens would gather in the agora for military duty or to hear statements of the ruling king or council; the agora served as a marketplace, where merchants kept stalls or shops to sell their goods amid colonnades. This attracted artisans. From these twin functions of the agora as a political and a commercial space came the two Greek verbs ἀγοράζω, agorázō, "I shop", ἀγορεύω, agoreúō, "I speak in public"; the term agoraphobia denotes a phobic condition in which the sufferer becomes anxious in environments that are unfamiliar–for instance, places where he or she perceives that they have little control.

Such anxiety may be triggered by wide-open spaces, by crowds, or by some public situations, the psychological term derives from the agora as a large and open gathering place. Agorism Platonic Academy Media related to Agoras at Wikimedia Commons Official Athenian agora excavations Agora in Athens: photos

The Through & Through Gospel Review

The Through & Through Gospel Review is Joel Marquard's indie-gospel solo-project. It is based out of Arizona. On October 4, 2011, Common Wall Media announced through its website that it was releasing a new solo-record by Joel Marquard of Gospel Claws because he had recorded it all on his own without telling anybody. Marquard wrote some of its songs in 2007; the majority of the album was played by Marquard, alone with a Pro Tools rig, a 1970s reel to reel and cassette tapes, in his suburban home, though musical friends and family pitch in here and there on the record. He sampled music from his father's own 1967 gospel record, recorded when Marquard's father was the same age as Marquard; the LP was released by Common Wall Media as a "pay-what-you-want" album through Bandcamp, although Marquard has burned a few CD-Rs, photocopied and the album art, made them available at Gospel Claws' shows for the download averse. While Marquard's soulful, bluesy-pop band Gospel Claws has noticeable gospel influences, The Through & Through Gospel Review is a marked departure from that music.

Influencing Marquard for this project was the baptist songs of his own upbringing, Marquard grew up the son of a minister, as well as some rare discoveries he made a local library, including Songs of the Old Regular Baptists and Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Other-Worldly African-American Gospel. His first solo-recording effort met with positive reviews. One critic found the record to be "fun." Noting the efforts that Marquard went through to make the album sound like an old recording, with all of the static and crackling of an old vinyl LP, Collin Fletcher wrote that the record had a authentic sound that he "loved." Another critic placed it on his list of top local releases for 2011. Although his recordings made quite a splash in the scene, The Through & Through Gospel Review did not perform live until the "Balls Benefit Show," a concert organized for Marquard's benefit, to help him with his medical bills after a bout with testicular cancer. To help him, his live band consisted of various other members of Gospel Claws, J.

D. Stooks, Bob Hoag, Rob Withem of Fine China, many others; the Phoenix New Times named the "Balls Benefit Show," and the performance done by The Through & Through Gospel Review, as the best club show of 2012, one of the twenty best concerts in Phoenix in 2012. Self-titled LP On the Lord's Wrecking Crew Common Wall Media The Through and Through Gospel Review Facebook

Master Ma

Master Ma is a two-season 1998 Hong Kong-Taiwanese television series produced by the television stations ATV and CTV. It is loosely based on the life of Ma Yongzhen, a Hui Chinese martial artist who lived in the late Qing dynasty; the series starred Kenny Ho as the eponymous character. The series is set in the Warlord Era of early 20th-century China. Ma Yongzhen and his mother, Ma Daniang, live in Shandong Province, where they raise horses for Marshal Duan's army. One night, the stables mysteriously catch the horses are lost. Marshal Duan's men arrest and imprison Ma and his mother. Ma makes his way alone to Shanghai to earn a new living. In Shanghai, Ma becomes famous after winning a martial arts tournament. However, he gets into trouble with the two most powerful gangs in Shanghai: the White Gang led by Bai Laili, the Wuhu Gang led by Xue Changchun. At the same time, he starts a romance with Xue's mistress, the opera singer Liu Juchi, but has no chance to be together with her. With the help of Duan Lengcui and others, Ma creates the Zhendong Gang, unlike the other gangs, aims to help the poor and fight injustice.

At the end of the season, Ma makes peace with the White Gang. Season 2 revolves around a rivalry between Bai Laili. Bai resorts to various cunning means in his attempt to eliminate the Zhendong Gang. First, he sends his goons to infiltrate Ma's gang and steal a shipment of foreign goods stored in Ma's warehouses. Next, he orders his henchman Tang Biao to assassinate the French consul and frame Ma for the murder. With help from Duan Lengcui's father, who turns out to be Marshal Duan, Ma succeeds in clearing his name and resolving the problems. With Marshal Duan as his ally, Ma manages to keep the White Gang at bay for some time. At the same time, Ma's feelings for Liu Juchi diminish as he becomes more romantically involved with Duan Lengcui. Ma and Duan Lengcui are engaged to be married. Marshal Duan and the Japanese consul convince Ma to support them in opening a new hospital to provide medical services for the poor in Shanghai and improve Sino-Japanese ties. However, Ma and his friends discover that the hospital is being used for sinister purposes — Marshal Duan is collaborating with the Japanese to develop biological weapons in the hospital, in return, the Japanese will aid him in defeating the Kuomintang government.

At the same time, Ma encounters a hostile Japanese martial artist, who supports Bai Laili and seeks to create trouble for him. Kenny Ho as Ma Yongzhen, the protagonist and boss of the Zhendong Gang. Grace Yu as Liu Juchi, Ma Yongzhen's first love interest. Anita Lee as Duan Lengcui, Duan Tianfeng’s daughter and Ma Yongzhen's second love interest. Cheng Pei-pei as Ma Daniang, Ma Yongzhen's mother. Chan Hung-lit as Bai Laili, the boss of the White Gang. Norman Chu as Xue Changchun, the boss of the Wuhu Gang. Fan Bingbing as Bai Xiaodie, Bai Laili's daughter. At the end of the second season, she is revealed to be Ma Yongzhen's long-lost younger sister, Ma Suzhen. Howie Huang as Sun Jisheng, a physician and Kuomintang secret agent, he is Bai Xiaodie's lover. Yang Sheng as Jiang Shiguang, a policeman in Shanghai who befriends Ma Yongzhen, he is promoted to Deputy Chief Inspector later. He is murdered by Kimura. Lin Jing as Wenjing, Jiang Shiguang's love interest, she is injured by Kimura and dies from her injuries later.

Cheng Sihan as Lu Kuangtian, a warlord who takes control over Shanghai in the first season. He flees from Shanghai, he is killed by robbers while in hiding. Lung Tien-hsiang as Tang Biao, Bai Laili's chief henchman, he is killed by Ma Yongzhen and Luo Zhan after they discover that he was the one who murdered the French consul. He Zhonghua as one of Xue Changchun's followers. At the end of the first season, he accidentally falls off a cliff during the battle between the Wuhu and Zhendong gangs and is believed to be dead. However, in the second season, it is revealed that he was saved by Sun Jisheng and has joined the Kuomintang intelligence service to help Sun in gathering information about Shanghai's situation, he is killed by Kimura. Chang Chen-huan as Duan Tianfeng, a warlord who takes control of Shanghai in the second season. Mondi Yau as Chen Jiamei, a Japanese spy in disguise as a courtesan, she becomes Bai Laili's mistress. Shen Meng-sheng as Ding Xianjin, the son of a wealthy businessman, he uses his family fortune to start a drama troupe to provide free entertainment to the poor.

He falls in love with Liu Juchi. Kou Zhanwen as Kimura, an overbearing and formidable Japanese martial artist; the series was remade in 2012 as a mainland Chinese television series titled Ma Yongzhen, directed by Kuk Kwok-leung and starring Danny Chan as Ma Yongzhen. Norman Chu and He Zhonghua are cast in the remake as Xue Changchun respectively. Boxer from Shantung, a 1972 Hong Kong film based on the life of Ma Yongzhen. Master Ma on Baidu Baike Master Ma II on Baidu Baike