Πέμπτη, 27 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Archaeologists may have located the ancient theater at the famed Greek city of Akragas


ancient-theater-greek-city-akragas_1Google Earth top-view of the possible theater at Akragas. Credit: AgrigentoSette
The ancient city of Akragas (or Ἀκράγας) in Sicily was one of the major Greek-populated settlements of Magna Graecia, during what is termed as the golden age of Greek city-states (circa 5th century BC). The city was originally founded in early 6th century by Greek colonists from Gela (in Sicily), and by the turn of the century it possibly had a population of more than 100,000 people. In fact, even after numerous political and military upheavals during the Punic Wars, the city managed to regain its prosperity, so much so that its inhabitants (the city being renamed Agrigentum) were granted Roman citizenship after the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC.