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 (ä′grĭ-jĕn′tō, ăg′rĭ-)
A city of southwest Sicily, Italy, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded c. 580 bc by Greek colonists.
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(Italian aɡriˈdʒɛnto)
(Placename) a town in Italy, in SW Sicily: site of six Greek temples. Pop: 54 619 (2001). Former name (until 1927): Girgenti
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(ˌɑ griˈdʒɛn tɔ)

a city in S Italy. 51,931.
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Noun1.Agrigento - a town in Italy in southwestern Sicily near the coastAgrigento - a town in Italy in southwestern Sicily near the coast; the site of six Greek temples
Sicilia, Sicily - the Italian region on the island of Sicily
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Porthos moved no more than does the giant of granite which reclines upon the plains of Agrigentum. According to Pellisson's orders, his boots had been cut off, for no human power could have pulled them off.
Kierkegaard recounts how Phalaris, tyrant of Agrigentum in Sicily (like Nebuchadnezzar, tyrant of Chaldea), roasted his victims alive inside a hollow brass bull, but put reeds into the bull's nostrils to transmute their horrific cries into music.
His monument for the War dead at Kimberley is a starkly simple cenotaph in the style of a Greek tomb Baker had seen and sketched at Agrigentum (Baker 1934:53).
Mary Ellis Gibson accepts that the ruins "may well be the ancient Sicilian cities of Syracuse [and] Agrigentum," but "combined with details from Edmund Spenser or John Dyer" (p.