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  • noun a town in Italy in southwestern Sicily near the coast; the site of six Greek temples


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  • There is no reason to regard the physician Acron of Acragas as a Pythagorean, as Zhmud does (1997, 73).


  • Acron's father's name was Xenon, and a Xenon appears in Iamblichus 'catalogue, but he is listed as from Locri and not Acragas, so again this is not good evidence that Acron was a Pythagorean.


  • In antiquity, Empedocles (ca. 495-435 BCE) was characterized as active on the democratic side in the politics of his native city of Acragas in Sicily, and as a physician, as well as a philosopher and poet.


  • Acragas (Agrigentum), so called from the river of that name, and made Aristonous and Pystilus their founders; giving their own institutions to the colony.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Empedliocles of Acragas and Heraclitus of Ephesus, believe that there is alternation in the destructive process, which takes now this direction, now that, and continues without end.

    On the Heavens

  • The most important were Theron of Acragas (488–471) and Gelon of Gela, later of Syracuse (485–478).


  • Gela founded Acragas in southwest Sicily, which became larger and wealthier than its metropolis.

    651 (Or 628)

  • Phalaris, tyrant of Acragas, pursued a policy of extreme repression and ruthless expansion.

    651 (Or 628)

  • Syracuse and Acragas fought over the division of territory from the former Sicel federation.

    c. 450

  • Syracuse and Acragas defeated the Sicels under Ducetius at the Battle of Noae.

    c. 450


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