Agrigentum in Roman times

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

Though the advent of the Romans seemed at first to be a precursor of a bloody domination, destroying the splendour of ancient Akragas, described in depth by Goethe centuries later, in 198 BC, Titus Manlius Imperiosus Torquatus began the reconstruction of the ruins of Agrigentum, which saw genuine cohabitation between the Akragantines who escaped the conflicts, the conquering Romans and the settlers arriving from other parts of the island to repopulate the city.
During the 2nd century BC, despite the growth and prosperity that characterised the city, with the monumentalisation of the public area and the construction of new lavish houses for its citizens, there were also some moments of instability.
The lush countryside around the village was run by rich Italic landowners who, through the hard work of slaves, exploited it to obtain fruits and products to be exchanged in local trades and sent to Rome and Italy. The abuse and mistreatment to which the slaves were constantly subjected by their masters, culminated with the outbreak of the servile wars , two events that severely tested the political balance of the city and the whole of Sicily in general.
Still, in the 1st century BC, during the governorship of Verres , Sicily and consequently Agrigentum were at the centre of scandals due to bad public administration, written about by Cicero, former quaestor and great orator, in his In Verrem .

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

The ancient port of Agrigentum

The domus, guardians of private life

The cult of the Emperor

Breathing in world heritage together

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The gods of Agrigento

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

The Roman necropolis

The life of young people in Roman times

The tomb of Theron

Vegetation in the Gardens

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The Living Almond Museum

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The wellness centres of the Romans

The Kolymbetra Garden

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

Roman affairs

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

The theatre of origins

The provincial layout of Sicily

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The Oratory of Phalaris

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The sarcophagus of the Child

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum