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 Kolymbetra Garden

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

The life of young people in Roman times

Vegetation in the Gardens

The Roman necropolis

The ancient port of Agrigentum

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The gods of Agrigento

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The cult of the Emperor

Roman affairs

The Living Almond Museum

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The sarcophagus of the Child

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The tomb of Theron

The domus, guardians of private life

The provincial layout of Sicily

Breathing in world heritage together

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

The Oratory of Phalaris

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

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

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The wellness centres of the Romans

The theatre of origins

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods