Brill’s New Pauly

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A. Definition

Wells are structures for protecting naturally occurring springs from contamination and facilitating the extraction of water for a population of moderate size. Springs also supplied drinking water through pipes to wells in more remote settlements (Water supply). Wells also served to make ground water accessible, whereas cisterns collected r…

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Glaser, Franz (Klagenfurt), “Wells”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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