Agora vvhere slaves famed for their beauty were sold
After entering ancient Side and proceeding on the main road, the groups of ruins on the left are from the bishopric basilica, surrounded with columns, and the palace. A little further down on the same road, again on the left is the commercial agora vvhich is one of the tvvo agorae of the city. Apart from its traditional function as a venue for commerce and a forum to discuss the political and economic situation, the commercial agora of Side assumed another function. In the first century BC a passage vvas built that connected the commercial agora to the theatre nearby, and both the agora and the theatre served as a slave market. In the middle of the agora, vvhere slaves famed for their beauty vvere traded, used to stand a temple devoted to Fortuna, the goddess of luck and trade, vvhich had a round plan lined vvith 12 columns vvith corinthian capitals. The Agora vvas lined vvith porticos and large shops behind them.
At one corner of the agora, next to the theatre stood the latrina, the public toilets of the city. The latrina, which was a decorated structure covered with domes, and connected to the sevvers laid under the main road, is a proof of excellence in city planning in Antiquity.
On the opposite side of the road across the agora stood the Roman Bathhouse from the 5th century, vvhich now serves as a museum vvhere magnificent sculptures, busts and sarcophagi are on permanent display.