Miletus (Antiquity), Nymphaeum of Flavius

TitleMiletus (Antiquity), Nymphaeum of Flavius
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsAristodimou G
Book TitleEncyclopaedia of the Hellenic World, Asia Minor
AbstractThe Nymphaeum of Miletus is one of the most impressive fountain structures in Asia Minor. It was located at the west part of the city between the North Agora (at the south), and the Gymnasium of Eudemus and the Capito Thermae (at the north). It belongs to the type of the nymphaea with a multistorey aedicular façade designed after a theatre's scaenae frons. It deploys in three storeys and the façade’s wall is decorated with columns, niches and aediculae, in which statues were displayed. A characteristic feature of this specific type is the existence of two water basins; one for the collection of water in an upper level which supplied a second draw basin in a lower level.