Welcome to Agrigentum

Introduction to the path

The course reconstructs the fate of Agrigentum, which continues the pomp of ancient Akragas in the first Roman province, Sicily.
After an introduction to contextualize the historical moment in which plunges the story, places of public life of the city will be explored that stood near the old hole: the life of the policy areas, such as ekklesiasterion and bouleuterion, to those of religious life, like the Hellenistic-Roman sanctuary, to the places devoted to leisure activities, theater and gymnasium.
The narrative continues in the Hellenistic-Roman district, a witness of self-representation of the private values ​​of Agrigento that, just in the domus, were a display of precious decorations and rich furnishings. The economic and social well-being in which this population lived, also documented by the discovery of numerous shops and a thermal plant in the residential district, was probably supported by the flourishing trade of sulfur, the main protagonist of the exchanges that took place by sea from the port of Agrigentum.
The tour ends in the Roman necropolis, further proof of the splendor that characterized the lifestyle of Agrigento. In this area, located on the outside of the ancient southern walls of Akragas, you can also admire the lush nature that, for centuries, has been the backdrop to this city.
Each stop on the itinerary is accompanied by suggestions that through the five senses excite the visitor and project it in everyday scenes of Agrigentum from Roman times.

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

Vegetation in the Gardens

The Living Almond Museum

The theatre of origins

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The Kolymbetra Garden

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

The tomb of Theron

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

The ancient port of Agrigentum

The gods of Agrigento

The provincial layout of Sicily

The wellness centres of the Romans

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

Roman affairs

Breathing in world heritage together

The life of young people in Roman times

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

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

The cult of the Emperor

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The domus, guardians of private life

The Roman necropolis

The sarcophagus of the Child

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

The Oratory of Phalaris