The public places of Agrigentum

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The places of Akragas that suffered most from the arrival of the Latin conquerors were those where the city’s political life took place, because of the cultural differences between the ancient Romans and Greeks: the advent of the Romans marked a new era for the politics of Agrigentum; the changes in the use of public buildings for this purpose constitute irrefutable proof.
There were substantially two places of political debate in ancient Akragas, located in the area known as Poggio di San Nicola, where today there is also the Regional Archaeological Museum “Pietro Griffo”: the ekklesiasterion , on the south side, and the bouleuterion the north terrace.
Il centro della politica ad AgrigentumAs for the first building, the seat of the assemblies where Greek citizens with voting rights met, it was immediately abandoned and replaced by a small temple with an altar known as the Oratorio di Falaride (Oratory of Phalaris), although the place has no connection with the terrible tyrant of ancient Akragas. The bouleuterion, on the other hand, a space used for the council of the great thinkers of Greek cities, was reused for city senate meetings.
Cicero wrote that this political body was composed of the most notable citizens of Agrigentum in terms of wealth, authority and power relating to political clientèle, and its composition was regulated by a law of Publius Scipio .

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

The domus, guardians of private life

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The cult of the Emperor

The tomb of Theron

The Living Almond Museum

The gods of Agrigento

Breathing in world heritage together

The wellness centres of the Romans

The Kolymbetra Garden

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The life of young people in Roman times

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The Roman necropolis

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

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

The sarcophagus of the Child

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The theatre of origins

Vegetation in the Gardens

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The Oratory of Phalaris

The ancient port of Agrigentum

Roman affairs

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The provincial layout of Sicily

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

The forum in the city of the Akragantines