Agoreus and Agoraea (Ἀγοραία) are epithets given to several divinities who were considered as the protectors of the assemblies of the people in the agora, such as Zeus,1 Athena,2 Artemis,3 and Hermes.4 As Hermes was the god of commerce, this surname seems to have reference to the agora as the market-place.



  1. Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 11.8; v, 15.3.
  2. ibid. iii, 11.8.
  3. ibid. v, 15.3.
  4. ibid. i, 15.1; ii, 9.7; ix, 17.1.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.