The ancient theatre of Akragas possibly located
For more than a century archaeologists have searched for, but have failed to find, the fabled theatre which is said to be buried beneath the remains of Akragas, a city established by Greek colonists six centuries before Christ on the southern coast of Sicily.
|Google Earth image showing the possible location of the ancient theatre of Akagras |
The ancient Greek poet Pindar described Akragas as "the most beautiful city in the world inhabited by mortals" and scholars think it highly likely that it would have boasted a theatre.
Excavations were carried out at the site in the 1970s and 1980s but archaeologists found no evidence of the theatre.
|Stone blocks believed to be part of the ancient theatre [Credit: ANSA]|
|View of the site where the ancient theatre is thought to be located [Credit: AgrigentoSette]|
The excavation is slated to begin on October 10 and will be funded by a 2.8 million euro grant from the European Union.
The archaeologists are also hoping to find the remains of a hippodrome at the site.
Source: ANSA [September 11, 2016]