The public places of Agrigentum

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The best known and best preserved sacred buildings in the archaeological park are the iconic temples that the Rhodium-Cretan settlers of Gela built on the slope of the southern hill of Akragas.
As it was for the Greeks, religion was a fundamental part of daily life for the Romans, and the faith of the citizens of Agrigentum found its image in the construction of an important sanctuary – known as the Hellenistic-Roman Sanctuary, a monumental complex located at the northern end of the forum.
And like that of the forum, the construction of the sanctuary presumably began in the 1st century BC and was abruptly interrupted, before resuming in the reign of Tiberius.
The first building in the area was a small temple on a podium located in a large square, with access via a front staircase.
In the second phase of construction, the entrance was developed into two lateral staircases, and on three sides of the square lavishly decorated porticoes were built, supported by Doric , columns interspersed with elegant marble statues .
The southern side of the square, where the aforementioned porticoes were interrupted, instead had a false portico of pillars with the entrance propylaea in the middle.
Un Santuario per gli dèi latiniIn late antiquity the sacred complex was abandoned and the area was used for a wide variety of reasons, from landfill to space for agricultural and production activities.

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

Works for the muses: the mosaics of the Hellenistic-Roman quarter

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The Kolymbetra Garden

Roman affairs

The theatre of origins

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The life of young people in Roman times

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The Oratory of Phalaris

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

Vegetation in the Gardens

The provincial layout of Sicily

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

The Roman necropolis

The domus, guardians of private life

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The gods of Agrigento

The wellness centres of the Romans

The tomb of Theron

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

Breathing in world heritage together

The cult of the Emperor

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The ancient port of Agrigentum

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The sarcophagus of the Child

The Living Almond Museum