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Ephesus The pollio fountain

Ephesus The pollio fountain

This fountain is located on the east side of Domitian Street. With its triangular architrave , broad arch, and the small basin in front, it is an impressive structure. On the agora side of the fountain, there is a semi-circular apsidal wall, before which the water flowed into the fountain. In the fountain is a base that has been shaped to accommodate the apsidal wall, on which the Polyphemos group of statues once stood.

This group had originally formed part of the architrave of the Isis temple in the middle of the agora. After the destruction of the temple, the statue group was re-erected here at the fountain. The theme of the statue group is the legend that locates the encounter of Odysseus with Polyphemos , the son of Poseidon, in the Aegean Sea after the Trojan war. This statue group can be viewed in the Ephesus Museum. According to an inscription, the fountain was built in honor of Sextilius Pollio, and expanded in 93 CE.