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The Nymphaeum was a luxurious building of Roman times with a semicircular shape.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

    The water supply project began during the reign of Emperor Hadrian and was completed during the reign of Antoninus Pius.

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

At the south-east corner of the agora, there was a large two-storey semi-circular building facing north. It was probably decorated with niches and statues. The water flowed into the semicircular basin below. A large water supply project in Athens of the Roman era, supplied the Ancient Agora with water, which probably reached the nymphaeum. Part of the nymphaeum was later encroached upon by the Byzantine church of the Holy Apostles.

What I can't see

During the Roman years, the need for water increased, due to the development and spread of Roman baths.


Camp J., (2001), The Archaeology of Athens, Yale University Press, New Haven and London