The public places of Agrigentum

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

In the area north of the Temple of Zeus, towards the public buildings and the forum, stands the ancient gymnasium of Agrigentum.
Sport was a daily activity practised in Agrigento since the times of the Greek colonists: some sources praise the Akragantine athletes who won magnificently in the Panhellenic games ; it is therefore unusual that the only building linked to gymnastic activities in the city is from the Augustan age (1st century BC).
The structure included a 200-metre-long open-air running track and a large portico for indoor gymnastic exercises, aligned with a road running from north to south.
Il gymnasium di AgrigentoThe frieze of the portico, in Doric style, was richly decorated with metopes and triglyphs, and was surmounted by a single-sloping roof.
Further north, excavations have uncovered the remains of a large pool. At the end of the outdoor track there were also seats for spectators, probably magistrates or prominent figures of the city: two rows were found, divided into two sectors by armrests, composed of 16 pieces of local limestone.
Today they are located in the cloister at the entrance to the Regional Archaeological Museum “Pietro Griffo”, where we can still see some Greek inscriptions engraved on the backrest.
Sedili per gli spettatoriFinally, an exedra and a monumental altar are a fundamental testimony of the rites that were performed in preparation for the athletes, probably in honour of Heracles and Hermes.

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

The ancient port of Agrigentum

The cult of the Emperor

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

Vegetation in the Gardens

Breathing in world heritage together

The life of young people in Roman times

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The provincial layout of Sicily

The gods of Agrigento

The Kolymbetra Garden

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The theatre of origins

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

From Akragas to Agrigentum

Roman affairs

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

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

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The Living Almond Museum

The sarcophagus of the Child

The tomb of Theron

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The wellness centres of the Romans

The Oratory of Phalaris

The domus, guardians of private life

The Roman necropolis