Ancient hydraulic works

Delos lavatory

Use: Urban Drainage
Construction era: Hellenistic
Types: Lavatory
Operation era: Hellenistic
Location: Greece - Gymnasium of Delos island
  • Antoniou, G. P., Lavatories in Ancient Greece, Water Supply, 7(1), 155-164, 2007.

In Delos numerous domestic lavatories have been preserved. Their size is medium or small and their main ditch has an L plan shape. The small ones have the bench with the openings along only one side, while the large along the three sides. Most likely the seats with the keyhole shaped openings were wooden. The sewerage was applied via the conduits in the streets. Because the lack of water in the island the remaining water from other uses or from local cisterns was used

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