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Fountain of Peirene, Corinth
Fountain of Peirene

<Location> Ancient Korinthos (Corinth), Korinthia, Greece

Fountain of Peirene
The fountain house next to the Propylaia to the Lechaion Road. Euripides (Medea, ll. 68-69) and Pausanias referred to this fountain(2.3.3). According to the Greek Myth, this spring was the transformed Peirene, nymphe and mother of a son who was accidentaly killed by Artemis.
In the Roman period, it was believed that this fountain is connected with the homonynous fountain in the Akrokorinthos.
The most of the present structure date back to the Roman period. In the photo above is the southern part of the fountain, and in the photo right is the northern part. The screen with 6 arches (photo above) was constructed in the Augustan period. The massive walls seen in the photo right are of the later half of the second century. It was probably funded by Herodes Atticus, who also installed a statue of his wife there (the base of the statue was found here and it is now in the museum).

In the photo below is the view inside the southern screen. In the sixth and fifth century BC, the water was drawn from the spring behind the screen with Ionian columns, which was constructed between the third and second century BC. In the photo below left, we see the inner wall were decorated with fresco paintings.

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