Glauke Fountain

History of Construction and Use

Restored plan of the Glauke fountain in Corinth, A.D. 150. Figure 1. Restored plan of the Glauke fountain in Corinth, A.D. 150.

The fountain of Glauke was cut from the limestone ridge on which stands the Temple of Apollo. The form of the fountain is of a large cube roughly 15m north-south, 14m east-west and 7.5 m in elevation with an extension at the southwest. The interior consists of four large reservoirs, I-IV of a drain basin (V) and a smaller reservoir (VI). Water was piped from the south to reservoir IV which extended a total length of 33m. to the west and southwest. The water flowed from reservoir IV to III by means of an opening through their partition wall near the south wall. The same relationship existed between reservoirs III and II.

The total capacity of the reservoirs when filled was approximately 527 m3. The north facade of the fountain was likely to have been characterized by a simple architrave, doric frieze and pediment. The fountain may have been destroyed by the Romans in 146 B.C. The Romans later restored and repaired elements of the fountain.

DATE: The fountain of Glauke is believed to date to the same time as the Temple of Apollo in the sixth century B.C. and possibly as part of the same building program.

Pictures from the Glauke


Pausanias 2.3.6


Hill, Burt Hodge, Corinth I. vi: The Springs, Peirene, Sacred Spring, Glauke. Princeton, 1964.