Public building complex (4th century BC)
On a close range, north of the theater, yet another imposing monument has been identified. Its majesty derives both from its dimension and its organization. It is a building complex of public character (possibly the agora of the city or at least a part of it) which was constructed in the second half of the 4th century BC. Its development of natural terraces in succession is remarkable, while the hitherto known dimensions of 300 x 150 m. or so, presume, beyond doubt, the magnificence of the complex (the excavators compare the size of this building complex with respective ones on the coasts of Asia Minor, which are known worldwide for their grandeur). The western part consists of a large arcade and on its north grows a large colonnaded building, on two wings, which contained eleven square banquet halls. The combination of archaeological data obtained from the excavations so far illustrate the existence of an impressive complex, covering about 6,000 square meters, and whose use is possibly associated with Asclepius. The cult of this god is in fact the only one attested in Mieza, by an inscription of the 3rd century BC (a very significant inscription of purchase), where the priests of Asclepius are mentioned as the famous rulers of the city.
The destruction of the monumental complex must have occurred about the beginning of the 3rd century BC, a period during which the Macedonian kingdom as a whole has experienced many upheavals. However, its architectural remains highlight even today the political will of the rulers of the city, a desire expressed vividly through the grandeur of the political-religious center of Mieza.
(Source: B. S. Dimitriadis, Copanos of the Municipality of Naoussa: Tracing the past. History and Culture Chronicles of the prefecture of Imathia, Vol. 22, January-April 2014)