MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. Æ 27mm .The nymphaeum of Nicopolis.

Ancient Coins -   MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. Æ 27mm .The nymphaeum of Nicopolis.
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  MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. � 27mm . Laureate head right / The nymphaeum of Nicopolis. Mouchmov 997; Price & Trell 48, fig. 70. VF, nice brown  patina.

Extremely rare and interesting architectural and mythological  type!!

Comment- The Nymphaeum at Nicopolis was a semi-circular building with two stories of colonnaded porticos, all covered by a flat roof or a removable awning, with a colonnaded forecourt fronting a body of water. (CNG description)bb

A nymphaeum or nymphaion (Greek: νυμφαίον), in ancient Greece and Rome, was a monument consecrated to the nymphs, especially those of springs.

These monuments were originally natural grottoes, which tradition assigned as habitations to the local nymphs. They were sometimes so arranged as to furnish a supply of water, as at Pamphylian Side. A nymphaeum dedicated to a local water nymph, Coventina, was built along Hadrian's Wall, in the northernmost reach of the Roman Empire. Subsequently, artificial grottoes took the place of natural ones

The nymphaea of the Roman period, which extended the sacral use to purely recreational ones,[1] were borrowed from the constructions of the Hellenistic east. The majority of them were rotundas, and were adorned with statues and paintings. They served the threefold purpose of sanctuaries, reservoirs and assembly-rooms. A special feature was their use for the celebration of marriages. Such nymphaea existed in Corinth, Antioch and Constantinople; the remains of some twenty have been found in Rome and many in Africa. The so-called exedra of Herodes Atticus (which corresponds in all respects to a nymphaeum in the Roman style), the nymphaeum in the palace of Domitian and those in Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli (Tibur)�five in number�may be specially mentioned.

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