I know I learned this word in high school during one of Mr. Byrd's history classes. It has been over a decade since then and now I can't recall what it was.
I distinctly remember that we were learning about the historical governing practices of villages and small communities. There was a name for the informal morning congregation that was common among elders, generals and community leaders. We learned that people of influence would often meet in the morning to discuss current events and politics. These meetings would at times undermine the official means of governance within the community. I remember this clearly because there was a cafe in our small town where this exact thing was still occurring but I can't for the life of me remember what it was called.
Does this sound familiar to anyone else? I tried googling it but there are simply to many websites of young people complaining about old people crowding out McDonalds to find anything useful. Thanks in advance for your help
*edit This is a word for the place but only because the place is used for the "for the informal morning congregation".