Monday, 15 October 2018 21:55

The so-called fountain (krene) of Theagenes in Megara

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The krene, with a capacity of 350m3, constitutes the largest and one of the most important examples of public fountain houses in Greece. It forms the end of a water collection system leading water into the city. According to Pausanias (Ι, 40, 1), it was built by the tyrant Theagenes (6th c. B.C.E.), but recent research dates the fountain house to the first quarter of the 5th century B.C.E.

The krene is divided into two equal compartments, each equipped with a water conduit and basin, so that one or the other could function autonomously in case of a water shortage or for cleaning purposes. Each compartment consisted of a catchment tank and a narrow basin for water distribution. The dividing wall bears two holes, one of which preserves traces of a bronze mechanism for regulating the flow of water. The basins were plastered and, in order to prevent sinter formation, an additional thin layer of mixed tar and animal fat was applied to the tank’s bed (approx. 260m2) and the perimeter walls up to a height of 15cm.

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    • Scale: 1:24
    • Study: N. Hellner
    • Construction: Navarino Models
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