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Archaeological museum Pietro Griffo

Archaeological museum Pietro Griffo

Agrigento (AG)

The archaeological museum of Agrigento has a rich collection ranging from prehistoric artefacts to the classic Greek ceramics and statues. Impressive is the statue of the Telamon and marvellous the statue of the Efebos.

Archaeological museum Pietro Griffo

The archaeological museum of Agrigento, named after the archaeologist Pietro Griffo, is housed in a medieval monastery just outside the town and near the Valley of the Temples, the site of ancient Akragas. The museum has an extensive collection ranging from the early prehistory of the region to the rich history of Akragas as a Greek colony and roman town. The collection is too large to visit in one day, but combined with the archaeological site it is worthwhile to pay more than one visit to the museum.

In room II are on display mainly prehistoric artefacts and ceramics from the early Copper Age to the Late Bronze Age from sites like the renowned archaeological excavations at Serraferlicchio and Sant'Angelo Muxaro. Here is also shown mycenian pottery, clear evidence of contacts between this part of Sicily and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age. In room II mainly the highlights of these perioda are on display, much more can be seen in the rooms XII, XIII and XVI further on.

In the rooms III, IV and V the collection from Akragas, in roman times called Agrigentum, are shown. Akragas was founded as a Greek colony in the eighth century BC by Gela. It concerns classic black painted and red painted greek pottery mainly from the context of the necropolis. There are many statuettes in stone and clay like the statuettes of Kore and Athena. Particularly interesting is the life size Telamon shown in room VI that gives a good idea of the impressive size the tempel of Zeus Olimpos would have had.

From the context of the living quarters of the town are some of the beautiful statues in marble, the most renowned is that of the Ephebus of Agrigento. There is also a nice collection of coins from antiquity, coins of the Greek world but also from the Punic towns like Carthage and Motya. Every polis had it's own mint and that of Athena for example was recognizable because of the image of an owl while Akragas had a crab stamped on one side. Finally in the rooms X and XI the finds from sanctuaries, tempels and burial sites, the necropoleis, are displayed.

In rooms XIV and XVII finds from the Greek and Roman period are on display that come from sites around Akragas, like Heraclea Minoa. In room XV there is on display a particularly beautiful Greek painted crater from Gela, by the Painter of the Niobidi.

Last updated 16/05/2016


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