The public places of Agrigentum

The senses tell the theater

hearing
Sounds to engage the audience

In Roman tragedies, the cantica were the parts in which dialogue was accompanied by the orchestra; originally they alternated with conversations, but during the Empire the taste of the masses who began to frequent the theatre became more and more established, and conversations were cut in favour of the polyphony of sounds accompanying the words.
The most famous cantica were known and passed down from generation to generation, and when trumpeters, citharists, harpsichord, flute and accordion players accompanied the actor’s voice on stage with their instruments, the audience was pulled into a vortex of sounds from the lowest point of the orchestra to the furthest rows of seats.

sight
Colors to identify the characters

To ensure that all spectators correctly identified the role of each character on stage, the colours of the clothes worn by the actors followed well-defined canons: red for the poor, purple for the rich, yellow for the courtesans, white for the elderly and colourful for the young.
The mask then indicated the sex: white for female, brown for male.

The life of young people in Roman times

Vegetation in the Gardens

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The Oratory of Phalaris

The Roman necropolis

The tomb of Theron

The theatre of origins

From Akragas to Agrigentum

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

The Kolymbetra Garden

Breathing in world heritage together

The wellness centres of the Romans

The sarcophagus of the Child

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The provincial layout of Sicily

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

Roman affairs

Moments of leisure: the theatre

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The domus, guardians of private life

The Living Almond Museum

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The ancient port of Agrigentum

The gods of Agrigento

The cult of the Emperor