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THE POLLIO FOUNTAIN (Ephesus)

undefinedThe fountain is definitely a stylish work of Roman era. It is known to be erected during the Augustus time (approximately 14 A.D.), to the memory of Sextillius Pollio who was the builder of the famous aqueduct which carries water to the fountain. During the following years (93 A.D.) an arch and the statues were added to the original structure for decoration purposes.

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The Pollio Fountain was located to the south of the State Agora, across the Odeion. The water was brought to the fountain from the nearby river of Marnas (or known as Dervent river) which is approximately 6km from the ancient city, via aqueducts. These aqueducts were recently renovated.

The fountain is also famous with its extra-wide and high arch on the front side. The pollio fountain is known to be decorated with a number of statues. One of these statues is the Head of Zeus and it is on display in the Ephesus Museum today. Some of these statues were thought to be taken from the Isis Temple, probably after an earthquake, to repair the original fountain.

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