Akragas overview
Other name(s) Agrigentum
Modern name(s) Agrigento
Region Mediterranean
Section Italia
Latitude 37.29082765 N suggest info
Longitude 13.58427204 E
Status Accurate location
Info Agrigento was founded on a plateau overlooking the sea, with two nearby rivers, the Hypsas and the Akragas, and a ridge to the north offering a degree of natural fortification. Its establishment took place around 582-580 BCE and is attributed to Dorian colonists from Gela, who named it Akragas.

Akragas grew rapidly, becoming one of the richest and most famous of the Greek colonies of Magna Graecia. It came to prominence under the 6th-century tyrants Phalaris and Theron, and became a democracy after the overthrow of Theron's son Thrasydaeus. Although the city remained neutral in the conflict between Athens and Syracuse, its democracy was overthrown when the city was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 BC. Akragas never fully recovered its former status, though it revived to some extent under Timoleon in the latter part of the 4th century.
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37.290828, 13.584272 === 37.290828 N, 13.584272 E === 37° 17' 27.0" N, 13° 35' 3.4" E
Nearest sites Akragas, Agrigentum, Girgenti, Agrigento, circa 1004 m (1098 yd) north-east
Akragas, Agrigentum, Agrigento theatre, circa 2.8 km (1.7 mi) north-west
Heraclea Minoa, circa 29.2 km (18.1 mi) west
Entella, circa 58.8 km (36.6 mi) north-west
Himera, circa 78.5 km (48.8 mi) north
Gela, circa 64.9 km (40.3 mi) east
Selinus, Selinunte, circa 74.5 km (46.3 mi) west
Kamarina, circa 89.2 km (55.4 mi) south-east
Segesta, circa 97.4 km (60.5 mi) north-west
Motya, Mozia, circa 117.4 km (72.9 mi) north-west
Akrai, Acrae, Palazzolo Acreide, circa 119 km (73.9 mi) east
Alontion, Aluntium, Haluntium, San Marco d'Alunzio, circa 131.2 km (81.5 mi) north-east
Castello di Noto Antica, circa 133.2 km (82.8 mi) east
Neaiton, circa 134.5 km (83.6 mi) east
Netum, Neetum, Noto, circa 139.2 km (86.5 mi) east
Ggantija, circa 151.2 km (93.9 mi) south-east
Naxos, Tauromenium, Giardini Naxos, circa 160.1 km (99.5 mi) east
Ta Hagrat, circa 167.9 km (104.3 mi) south-east
Skorba, circa 168 km (104.4 mi) south-east
Heloros, circa 144 km (89.5 mi) east
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Database ID 8191, created 7 Apr 2012, 18:32, Last changed 29 Apr 2012, 12:55