Temple of Heracles in Agrigento

The Temple of Heracles in Agrigento, also called the Temple of Hercules (from the Roman name of the hero) is a Greek temple in the ancient city of Akragas.

Temple of Heracles in Agrigento

The Temple of Heracles in Agrigento, also called the Temple of Hercules (from the Roman name of the hero) is a Greek temple in the ancient city of Akragas, located in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

The archaic Doric-style building is located on the hill of the temples, on a rocky mound near the Villa Aurea. The temple of Heracles name is of modern attribution, based on Cicero’s mention of a temple dedicated to the hero not far from the agora (Verrine II 4.94), which contained a famous statue of Heracles. The Akragas agora has not yet been shown to be in this area, but the identification is generally accepted. The famous statue of Heracles Cicero mentioned is thus also not found, but at least we have a contemporary one we can enjoy at the Pillars of Hercules.

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