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
Hippana, Hyppana, Monte dei Cavalli, circa 47.6 km (29.6 mi) north
Entella, circa 58.8 km (36.6 mi) north-west
Herbessos, Montagna di Marzo, circa 65.1 km (40.5 mi) east
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
Apollonia, Pollina, circa 92.3 km (57.4 mi) north-east
Grotte dell’Addaura, Addaura cave, circa 101.7 km (63.2 mi) north
Inykon, Inycum, Inycus, Inico, circa 102.3 km (63.6 mi) north-west
Grotta Regina, circa 104.9 km (65.2 mi) north
Kamarina, circa 89.2 km (55.4 mi) south-east
Segesta, circa 97.4 km (60.5 mi) north-west
Motyca, Motyke, Modica, circa 114.5 km (71.2 mi) east
Motya, Mozia, circa 117.4 km (72.9 mi) north-west
Akrai, Acrae, Palazzolo Acreide, circa 119 km (73.9 mi) east
Hybla Gereatis, Paternò, circa 120 km (74.6 mi) east
Alontion, Aluntium, Haluntium, San Marco d'Alunzio, circa 131.2 km (81.5 mi) north-east
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Database ID 8191, created 7 Apr 2012, 18:32, Last changed 29 Apr 2012, 12:55