South Agora

south agora
View of South Agora
The city's second main public square lies back to back with the North Agora. It is a long colonnaded piazza (215 X 70 m), whose earliest part, the north portico, was dedicated by a local aristocrat named Diogenes to the emperor Tiberius. Recent EXCAVATIONS have discovered an extraordinary monumental water-basin in the center of the square (175 X 25 m). This basin has a sophisticated system of water circulation within its double wall-casing and connects with the Hadrianic Baths to the west. It probably functioned partly as an ornamental public amenity, partly as a reservoir.