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Perseus Encyclopedia

Akragas

Strabo

Near Acragas are lakes which, though they have the taste of seawater, are different in nature; for even people who cannot swim do not sink, but float on the surface like wood.

Diodorus Siculus

The Selinuntians who had escaped capture (of the Carthaginians), twenty-six hundred in number, made their way in safety to Acragas and there received all possible kindness; for the Acragantini, after portioning out food to them at public expense, divided them for billeting among their homes, urging the private citizens, who were indeed eager enough, to supply them with every necessity of life.

For at that time the citizens of Acragas numbered more than twenty thousand, and when resident aliens were included, not less than two hundred thousand.

Plinius

Agrigentum was famous for breeding horses, which were not only taken care of while living, but honoured with sepulchres when dead, Pliny 8. 42.

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