Roman Cistern at Aptera, Crete

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Carole Raddato
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published on 08 May 2019
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Roman Cistern at Aptera, Crete

The interior of a three-aisled vaulted Roman cistern at the ancient town of Aptera, Crete. It had three barrel-vaulted aisles divided by two rows of four longitudinal arched piers. In the absence of water sources on the hill of Aptera, the cistern collected rainwater to serve the needs of the city and supply the facilities of the public and private baths. The cistern is of Roman date (1st century - 2nd century CE), at least in its final form.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2019, May 08). Roman Cistern at Aptera, Crete. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/10582/

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Raddato, Carole. "Roman Cistern at Aptera, Crete." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 08, 2019. https://www.ancient.eu/image/10582/.

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Raddato, Carole. "Roman Cistern at Aptera, Crete." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 08 May 2019. Web. 26 May 2020.

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