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General or ideal-typical places in civil society
Ancient Greek and Roman places
- Academy : The name traditionally associated with Plato's philosophy school just north of Athens; thought by some sources to have been the name of a grove of trees. In modern usage the term often refers to higher education as an ideal type.
- Agora : In ancient Greek cities, a place for both market activity and a forum. Modern usage tends to stress only the former.
- : A dedicated building or space within a theater, concert hall or other building devoted to speaking, listening and hearing. (E.g., the audience space within a theater may be termed the auditorium.)
- : An institution or place for sporting events and participation. (In some countries, the term may also refer to institutions offering secondary education.)
- : An Athenian school of philosophy founded by Aristotle and emphasizing natural science. More generally, a performance venue, theater or auditorium available as a public hall.
Modern and contemporary places
- : An establishment known for primarily serving coffee (as opposed, for example, to a bar or saloon serving alcoholic drinks or a restaurant serving meals). In the past several centuries, coffeehouses in Paris, Vienna, London, Budapest, Ankara, and numerous other cities have been known as locales for social interaction and civil and political discourse, associated with philosophical and temperance movements and political opposition, and for a wide variety of other reasons.
- : In nineteenth century rural America, the tradition developed for use of the court steps as a place for oratory, with the speaker standing somewhat elevated above the crowd part way up or at the top of the stairs.
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