Like many ancient sites, the Temple of Hercules has become both a piece of the environment which surrounds it and a monument which evokes the rich cultural heritage of that environment. The Temple dates from the 6th century BCE, and is the oldest of the Doric temples in the Valley of Temples. The site is part of the ancient community of Akragas, a Greek colony founded in 581 BCE. The years have seen many changes and eras, including wars with Carthage, Roman rule, Arab rule, and Norman rule, and each phase since this earliest as a colony has left its mark upon modern Agrigento. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the site is one of the most impressive and important of the ancient Greek world and continues to delight, inspire, and educate.
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