The monumentalization of Akragas

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

Theron was ruler of Agrigento from 488 BC to 472 BC. He was the young heir of the Emmenidae, an aristocratic family that originated from the Rhodian founders of Akragas.
Like Phalaris, he ruled for sixteen years, but his tyranny was so inspired by the ideals of justice that he made Akragas powerful and famous throughout the entire Mediterranean Basin.
In his palace he lived surrounded by poets such as Bacchylides and Pindar , who saw him as a guardian of Greek tradition against the threat of the Punics, because in the Battle of Himera he had defeated the Carthaginians.
Under Theron’s rule, Akragas reached the height of its beauty: great temples, new systems for channelling water and even a large pool that looked like a swimming pool were built!
According to Diodorus Siculus , during this period the city became so rich and powerful that it participated in the prestigious Panhellenic Games in Olympia, Greece. It was in this ancient city that in 476 BC  Theron's horses won an Olympic competition that led Pindar to dedicate two odes to them.
During Theron’s reign, many vineyards were also planted, from which the Akragantine people began to obtain and trade wine.

Phalaris, the terrible tyrant

The Temple of Asclepius

The lively decorations of the temple

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

The cult of Demeter and Persephone

Vegetation in the Gardens

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

The Temple of Heracles

The most beautiful city of mortals

The Temple of Demeter

The Akragas building sites

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

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

The Twelve Labours of Heracles

The Eleusinian mysteries

Sacrifices for the goddesses that made the fields fertile

Empedocles, the political philosopher

Reinforcement of natural ramparts

Akragas in the beginning

The walls of Akragas in the fifth century BC

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

The Temple of Concordia

The Kolymbetra Garden