Southeast Fountain House

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Plan of the Southeast Fountain House (top view)
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Plan of the Southeast Fountain House (top view)
Reconstruction of the Southeast Fountain House by Kronoskaf - Textured 3D Model
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Reconstruction of the Southeast Fountain House by Kronoskaf - Textured 3D Model

The Southeast Fountain House was built of Kara limestone by the Pisistratides around 530 BC. It was badly damaged by the Persians when they occupied the city. However, the Athenians managed to repair it and it continued to be in use throughout the Classical Period.

The fountain measured 18 m wide and faced north. At its west end, a 6 m wide by 3 m deep reservoir floored with marble slabs allowed to dip jugs. At its east end a similar space was used for water spouts in the shape of animal heads.

During our period of reference, the Fountain House stood on the south side of the Agora between the South Stoa on the west and the Mint on the east. It was separated form the Mint by a narrow alley.

References

American School of Classical Studies at Athens; The Athenian Agora: A Guide to the Excavation and Museum, 1990

Connolly, Peter and Hazel Dodge; The Ancient City - Life in Classical Athens & Rome, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998

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