The public places of Agrigentum

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

In all Roman cities the forum was certainly the public place par excellence.
The city’s centre of social, economic and political exchanges, it was usually located in the centre of the settlement, at the crossroads between the cardo and the decumanus .
The decentralised position of the forum of Agrigento is a testimony to the Greek-Hellenistic heritage that the city maintained: the Greek cities with a Hippodamian plan did not have one specific city centre, but rather had one or two elevated sacred areas, the acropolises.
The forum of Agrigentum, however, was built in Roman times in a strategic position to say the least: it was located at the meeting point between four different districts that intersected at the forum.
As the square had differences in height on the east and west sides, sumptuous porticoes were built to allow passage from one level to another.
Unfortunately we do not have much news of these buildings, except a few small temples probably dedicated to Demeter and Persephone , goddesses of fertility called Ceres and Proserpina by the Romans. The construction works were inaugurated in the 2nd century BC, when the Romans began to make their mark on the city’s architecture, but they stopped abruptly for unknown reasons and resumed only in the 1st century AD.
As a result, there are also characteristics from the imperial age in the forum and it is specifically to this period that a monumental sacred complex dedicated to the cult of the emperor on the northern side of the square dates back.

The domus, guardians of private life

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

The Kolymbetra Garden

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The theatre of origins

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

The ancient port of Agrigentum

Breathing in world heritage together

The gods of Agrigento

The provincial layout of Sicily

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

The Living Almond Museum

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The Roman necropolis

The life of young people in Roman times

The sarcophagus of the Child

The cult of the Emperor

The Oratory of Phalaris

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The wellness centres of the Romans

Roman affairs

Moments of leisure: the theatre

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The tomb of Theron

Vegetation in the Gardens

The forum in the city of the Akragantines