BUILDING FOR THE GODS
CONSTRUCTION IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
June 12, 2019
May 17, 2020
Valle dei Templi e Museo Pietro Griffo
The exhibition rebuilds the construction sites set up to build the great Doric temples that, to this day, still stand in the Valley of Temples in Agrigento. Starting from Diodoro Siculo’s description of the complex of the Olympieion, the exhibition retraces ancient sources to relive the construction of the ancient Akragas, the “most beautiful city of mortals”. Curated by Alessandro Carlino, an architectural historian who has been studying the Sicilian Doric temples for years, the exhibition is the brainchild of Giuseppe Parello, director of the Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi. Parello also discovered the techniques that were used to build the Temples, including the machines employed to move huge blocks of stone, the amount of workers that were involved and how long construction lasted. The exhibition narrative includes photographs of the Temples and the Valley by the artist Francesco Ferla.
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