The Domus Aeternae

The life of young people in Roman times

For the ancient Romans, the first years of life of boys followed precise rules because childhood was considered a fundamental stage of life, without which they were unable to move on to the next stage of adulthood.
As soon as they were born, children were held tight in swaddling clothes (it was thought that this would help them to have a more dignified posture), and entrusted to the care of the mother or wet nurse, in the cases of more affluent families, who looked after them until they were seven years old.
Nine days after birth, in the dies lustricus , the children received their name , which identified them as belonging to their family.
The leather ball and the wooden doll were the games of the youngest children, while as teenagers typical adult games began to take over, involving the gladiator or circensian games.
At seventeen years of age, boys received their toga, which marked their entry into adulthood.

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

The sarcophagus of the Child

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The cult of the Emperor

The tomb of Theron

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The provincial layout of Sicily

The Roman necropolis

Vegetation in the Gardens

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The theatre of origins

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The Oratory of Phalaris

The Living Almond Museum

Moments of leisure: the theatre

Roman affairs

The wellness centres of the Romans

The ancient port of Agrigentum

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

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The life of young people in Roman times

The gods of Agrigento

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

The domus, guardians of private life

Breathing in world heritage together

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The Kolymbetra Garden