Fontana di Via della Fontana

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After the construction of the city’s aqueduct in the 1st century AD, Ostia was provided with a series of water fountains, distributed among both public areas and the communal spaces of buildings.

The appearance of these fountains varied depending on their location and visibility: in the city squares and along the main streets monumental nymphaea and fountains, whilst along the smaller lanes and inside buildings, the simpler “trunk-shaped” fountains were preferred, so-called for the characteristic shape of their roof.

Panel 128 - Figure 1Reconstruction of a fountain of the “trunk-shaped” type preserved in the Case a Giardino

This type of fountain, of which numerous examples survive in Ostia, is characterized by the presence of a basin (A) covered with a barrel vault and accessed through a little window (B) and in this case connected to a tank at the back (C): water could be drawn through the opening using pails or from the two spouts at the front, beneath which purpose-made depressions (D) in the floor allowed for the correct positioning of the recipients.

Panel 128 - Figure 2Section and plan of the fountain in Via della Fontana
(S. Pittas, K. Mountzouridis, D. Kunavos)
A) Basin; B) Aperture for drawing water; C) Tank; D) Depressions for the positioning of the recipients.

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