The Domus Aeternae

The tomb of Theron

Despite its name, the monument has nothing to do with Theron , the tyrant of Akragas in the 5th century BC: the name was given by travellers on the Grand Tour , who at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries came in great numbers to admire the Valley of the Temples. It is a funerary tower building from the 1st century BC, whose structure is reminiscent of that of a small temple with a square plan with angular Doric columns and a frieze decorated with metopes and triglyphs.

Terone’s Tomb
Terone’s Tomb is immersed in nature in the area of Necropoli Giambertoni. It is a Roman funeral monument in the 1st century BC and is composed of two overlapping parts: a cubic podium that preserts a small temple, even square, with blind doors on each sides. The corners are decorated by doric columns with ion capitals. The building is made of in agrigentine calcarea stone, giving it the colour yellow ochre typical of the other buildings in the area. Originally it was probably presented with a cusp cover, now lost.

The structure has been identified in similar burial monuments in North Africa, confirming the melting pot of traditions and cultures that mixed with Agrigentum. Not far from the Temple of Hercules, the building was part of the Giambertoni Necropolis.
In the 18th century the Tomb of Theron was used as a sheepfold for sheep and Girgentana goats which have colonised the ruins of the surrounding area since the Middle Ages.
The numerous pictorial – then photographic – depictions of it between the 18th and 19th centuries show it surrounded by goats and sheep.

The wellness centres of the Romans

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The Roman necropolis

Breathing in world heritage together

The ancient port of Agrigentum

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The domus, guardians of private life

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

The cult of the Emperor

The Kolymbetra Garden

The gods of Agrigento

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

Vegetation in the Gardens

The Living Almond Museum

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The tomb of Theron

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The Oratory of Phalaris

The life of young people in Roman times

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

From Akragas to Agrigentum

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

Roman affairs

The provincial layout of Sicily

The theatre of origins

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The sarcophagus of the Child

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being