The public places of Agrigentum

The senses tell the Agrigento gimnasium

sight
An elegance preserved over time

Horses, elegant battle steeds, were venerated in Agrigento in a more heartfelt way than in other cities.
There was a real exaltation in Akragas for the spectacle deriving from their superb beauty and sinuous movements, so much so that majestic funeral monuments were raised and they were depicted on vases and coins.
One admirable example, visible at the Museum of Agrigento, is an Attican ceramic amphora with black figures (6th century BC), which, on the main side, depicted a quadriga (chariot) driven by Athena.

hearing
The exultant celebrations of the Akragantines

Diodorus tells us that Esseneto, a famous Akragantine athlete, won the stadion at two consecutive editions of the Olympics.
The stadion was a discipline similar to today’s running races.
For this reason the athlete, returning from the competitions, entered the city with an escort of 300 chariots pulled by white horses, in a solemn and triumphant entrance, while the crowd cheered him on loudly.
According to Diodorus, the exultant festivities took place in the Akragas stadium, which we have not found.

smell
Natural aromas

In ancient Rome, putting oil on the body before a sporting performance was a genuine ritual.
The oils used were obtained by pressing olives between two wooden boards, and were often perfumed with aromatic herbs passed through a mortar.
In this way, the herbs released all their essence into the surroundings, an effect that was amplified by the warmth of the athletes’ bodies.

The cult of the Emperor

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The domus, guardians of private life

The wellness centres of the Romans

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

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

The Living Almond Museum

The theatre of origins

The sarcophagus of the Child

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

The provincial layout of Sicily

Breathing in world heritage together

The gods of Agrigento

The ancient port of Agrigentum

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The Kolymbetra Garden

Roman affairs

The Oratory of Phalaris

Vegetation in the Gardens

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

The Roman necropolis

The life of young people in Roman times

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The tomb of Theron

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas