East tholos from W, Olympia, Nymphaeum

East tholos (Exedra of Herodes Atticus) from E, Olympia, Nymphaeum

Context: Olympia
Type: Fountainhouse
Summary: Semicircular structure with a circular naiskos at each end; on the north side of the Sanctuary of Zeus (Altis), at the west end of the Treasury Terrace.
Date: ca. 160 AD

33 m wide and ca. 13 m high.

Region: Elis
Period: Roman


Semi-circular wall with semi-circular basin north of a rectangular basin on a lower level. Small round naiskoi at the ends of the rectangular basin.


Also known as the Exedra of Herodes Atticus. The wall held niches for 15 statues and the circular naiskoi one statue each. The water was brought by aqueduct from a spring 4 kilometers away, pouring 1st into the semi-circular basin and then from bronze spouts into the lower rectangular basin. It was then piped throughout the sanctuary.

Other Bibliography:

PECS, 649; Rossiter 1981, 342