The spaces of private life

The domus, guardians of private life

Like today, even in the times of the ancient Romans houses were where people spent their private life. For this reason, the houses reflected not only the personality, but above all the wealth of their owners, a typical aspect of the culture of ancient Rome.
The houses generally had two entrances: the first, the ostium, overlooked the main street and through a corridor led to the atrium, the inner courtyard with the actual entrance that had an impluvium in the centre to collect water.
From here you could access the typical rooms of a Roman dwelling, which had access directly from the courtyard and from here took in light through the compluvium, an opening on the roof that also allowed water to be collected in the impluvium below.
The beating heart of the domus was the tablinum, a place used for receiving guests, designed to amaze visitors as soon as they entered: it was tradition to furnish it with images of ancestors and sumptuous objects .
The atrium also gave access to the triclinium, the most famous space of the Roman domus in the collective imagination, where the family would drink and eat lying on the characteristic beds, the triclini; and to the cubicula, the bedrooms. A fundamental element was the lararium, the place dedicated to the worship and prayer of the Lares .
The remains of internal staircases have also been found in some domus, showing how the buildings developed vertically over several floors.

Roman affairs

The gods of Agrigento

The wellness centres of the Romans

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The domus, guardians of private life

Breathing in world heritage together

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The cult of the Emperor

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The Living Almond Museum

The sarcophagus of the Child

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

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

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

Vegetation in the Gardens

The tomb of Theron

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The provincial layout of Sicily

The life of young people in Roman times

The theatre of origins

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

The ancient port of Agrigentum

The Kolymbetra Garden

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The Roman necropolis

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The Oratory of Phalaris