(Uyun es-Sara) Jordan.
name given to several hot springs on the NE coast of
the Dead Sea. In the Roman period medical qualities
were ascribed to these waters, and King Herod sought a
cure there before his death (Joseph. BJ 1.657
Pliny (HN 5.15.72
) writes: “On the same side there is
a hot spring possessing medical value, the name of which,
Callirrhoe, itself proclaims the celebrity of its waters.”
The site is marked on the Medaba mosaic map, on which
three buildings are seen, a spring house, a nymphaeum,
and a house through which a river is flowing. In a recent
survey several buildings were observed among which are
several pools into which the water of the springs is conveyed by means of channels. Remains of a nymphaeum were also observed.
A. Strobel, ZDPV
82 (1966) 149-62.