Agrigento, Sicily

Agrigento is the home of the Valley of the Temples.  The Valley isn’t really a valley … it’s a ridge outside of Agrigento, near the west coast of Sicily.  These ruins are from one of the wealthiest Greek colonies, a thriving democracy 2500 years ago.  

First we visited Agrigento’s Archaeological Museum.   It is one of the most important museums in Italy, with impressive exhibits covering the history of the city from the earliest human settlement.

DSC04307 Archeological museum C

Our guide for the day was Professor Michael.  He helped us appreciate what we were seeing – many of these items are close to 3000 years old.

 DSC04313 Our guide Prof Michael CDSC04314 C DSC04315 CDSC04316 CDSC04317 C DSC04318 CDSC04319 earliest pots - three leg dign CDSC04321 C DSC04322 CDSC04324 C DSC04327 CDSC04331 CDSC04333 CDSC04334 CDSC04335 Rarest pot with white background CDSC04337 C

These are 5th to 6th century BC gutter spouts.

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Masks from the 6th century BC

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The largest item in the museum is an 8-meter-tall Telamon (a supporting statue) from the temple of Zeus.

DSC04345 8m tall telamon from temple of Zeus C

More Telamon heads

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Models of the Temple of Zeus, the largest Greek temple ever uncovered.  More on this temple in my next post.

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Statue of a young soldier from 480 BC

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White marble Aphrodite bathing from 2nd to 1st century BC

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2nd century AD white marble imperial bust, possibly the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

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Baby bottle

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DSC04366 Sarcophagus C

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Just outside the museum building is the Bouleuterion, where the city council met.

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Before we visited the temples, we took a break for lunch at a local cafeteria.

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Pretty good for fast food!

Next post…we visit the Greek temple ruins of Agrigento.

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