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The development of this improved water infrastructure responded directly to the natural environment as well as to the developing urban use of the area. Water Vessels and the Athenian Urban Lifestyle This section aims to identify and analyze the production and usage of water vessels that were primarily recovered from period-of-use (POU) deposits in and around the Athenian Agora. The fabric and formal characteristics of a vessel directly determined its intended and potential functions as relates to filling with water at a fountain, well, or cistern; transporting the water to its intended destination; storing water for a short or long period of time; and serving water to various individuals.

Young 1951, 253-262. 67 Although later repairs of the Great Drain in the public area of the Agora and the construction/repair of drainage channels deriving from public structures and debouching in the Great Drain oftentimes utilized unique construction methods. Thompson and Wycherley 1972, 194-195 demonstrate such unique later repairs and constructions concerning the Tholos. 68 Thompson and Wycherley 1972, 196. 69 Young 1951, 258 this section was constructed out of uniform poros blocks. 70 Young 1951, 254 this extension seems to correspond with a prior drain that was merely cut into the ground.

Pol. 1330b demonstrates an understanding of healthy water (੢įĮıȚȞ ਫ਼ȖȚİȚȞȠ૙Ȣ), in opposition to unhealthy water. 76 Thuc. 1 identifies it as constructed by the Peisistratids. 77 Several fountain-houses have been identified as the Enneakrounos and none seem acceptable to-date. For a review of this debate see Camp 1977, 90-94; 100-102. 78 Camp 1977, 101. 79 1) The Southeast Fountain-house (see below); 2) Dörpfeld’s Enneakrounos located between the Pnyx and Areopagos is evidenced from one parapet slab, one wall-block, a stone-lined channel providing water from the south, and several cisterns (Camp 1977, 94-98); 3) the Ilissos Fountain-house represented by a single parapet block from a fountain-house unearthed in the course of modern construction (Camp 1977, 93); 4) the spring-house on the south slope of the Acropolis of which primarily the basin alone is extant along with scanty foundations of a superstructure (Camp 1977, 98-100).

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