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  • Agorà di Selinunte
  • Selinunte
  • Selinous
  • Italy
  • Sicily
  • Province of Trapani
  • Castelvetrano



  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • During excavation campaigns in 2005-2006 in the agora of Selinunte, undertaken by German Archaeological Institute in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Trapani, a vast room of Classical date was uncovered in an insula north of the square. From the main road, which ran along the north side of the agora, it was possible to enter this via a wide doorway with double doors. The considerable size of this room and the prestigious entrance suggest the building had a public function in the Classical period. However, the interior’s very poor state of preservation did not provide enough data for a reconstruction of the room’s function in that period.

    Despite the badly damaged floor, the roof collapse was found almost undisturbed. This unusual situation, especially in the agora area at Selinunte which was repeatedly sacked and restored over the centuries, made it possible to recover and reconstruct an almost entire roof dating to the Classical period.

    This was a pitched roof, with flat tiles, imbrices and ridge imbrices, greenish and pink in colour and of considerable size and weight. No traces of decoration was found on the roof tiles nor were there any architectural terracottas. This roof in question may be considered a typical covering in the town of the Classical period., much rarer In the excavations at Selinunte fragments of ridge tiles were much rarer than those of flat tiles and pitch tiles, suggesting that pitched roofs were not common in civil architecture. This fact confirms the impression noted above that this building had a public function on the edge of the agora at Selinunte.


  • Dieter Mertens - Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Rom
  • Henner von Hesberg


  • Anna Bischoff - Freie Universität Berlin
  • H. Rutsche
  • Jan Müller - Universität Bonn
  • Melanie Jonasch - Freie Universität Berlin
  • E. Alvarez-Dossmann
  • D. Schmehle

Research Body

  • Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Rom
  • Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici di Trapani

Funding Body

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • Gerda Henkel Stiftung


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