The first temples and the cult of Demeter and Persephone

The Twelve Labours of Heracles

Heracles, or Hercules for the Romans, is one of the most famous characters in Greek mythology.
The myth tells that he was a demigod, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, a mortal married to a soldier.
Hera, wife of Zeus and queen of Olympus , learned of her husband’s betrayal, was seized by fury and Alcmene, in fear, decided to abandon her child in a plain.
Hera found the newborn, brought him home, and looked after him as though he were her own son.
When she found out who the orphan really was, she decided to send two huge snakes into his crib to kill him.
However, Heracles managed to strangle the two snakes with his bare hands, showing superhuman strength. As an adult, the son of Zeus chose to use his strength to help those in need; he soon became the hero acclaimed by gods and people for his accomplishments and the dangerous monsters he killed. Hera, however, continued to harbour hatred for the hero and plotted her terrible revenge. One day, she drove the young man mad and in his delirium, Heracles killed his wife Megara and his children.
To atone for his sin, he was forced by Eurystheus, his cousin, to perform twelve labours, the most famous of which was the conquest of the golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides.
Once he had completed all the difficult trials Heracles was welcomed into Olympus as a god.

Akragas in the beginning

The walls of Akragas in the fifth century BC

Vegetation in the Gardens

The Temple of Heracles

The cult of Demeter and Persephone

The Akragas building sites

The Kolymbetra Garden

The Eleusinian mysteries

Phalaris, the terrible tyrant

A monument for the victory over Carthage: the Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Temple of Asclepius

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

The Twelve Labours of Heracles

The Temple of Demeter

The most beautiful city of mortals

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

The Sanctuary of Asclepius: a place of welcome for the sick

Reinforcement of natural ramparts

The lively decorations of the temple

Empedocles, the political philosopher

The Temple of Concordia

From pagan cults to Christian worship: the Church of St. Gregory

Sacrifices for the goddesses that made the fields fertile