Nereid Fountain from Baiae

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Liana Miate
published on 19 September 2017

Marble fountain from Baiae. 1st century CE. A nereid (sea spirit) rides a pistrix (shark) - (the water would have originally flown from its mouth). Found in the sea off the spa resort of Baiae on the Bay of Naples, it is most likely from a villa's garden. It ended up underwater due to a bradyseism - (when the magma chamber is emptied, causing the land to fall below sea level) - from the nearby volcano at Campi Flegrei.

Museo dei Campo Flegrei, (photo taken at The National Maritime Museum, Sydney)

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Liana Miate
Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

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