[The Agora]

The South-east Fountainhouse

One of the oldest buildings in the Agora, built by Peisistratos about 530-520 BC. A fountainhouse contained a water-tank so that jars could be filled with clean, fresh water from a spout - a popular improvement on drawing from a well. It would also have been something of a social centre for women, as can be seen from pictures on contemporary water-jars (hydria).

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