I came across this picture taken at an ancient Roman site (name & location not provided) and was wondering what kind of structure it is. I've searched for fountains, wells, milestones, and memorials, but was not able to find anything similar to this one. Would appreciate it if someone knows what it is and how it was used! Plus I'd like to know if there's a Latin name for it. Thanks.enter image description here

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    Do you have any other pictures from other sides? I am sort of thinking it is a fountain because of the basin, but your guess is as good as mine.
    – ed.hank
    Oct 29, 2018 at 20:21
  • Definitely looks like a fountain, with a vertical grove for the water pipe, and surrounding basin.
    – Alex
    Oct 30, 2018 at 0:41
  • looks like: civilization.wikia.com/wiki/Monument_(Civ6) maybe it was to give cultural bonuses? :) Oct 30, 2018 at 15:39

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This is a roman fountain at Djemila, Algeria (Latin: Cuicul or Curculum). There's a vast amount of literature and web material on Djemila in general (and some on the fountain), for example:

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    Thank you so much for the answer, very informative! Oct 29, 2018 at 22:11
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    FYI, "literature" is uncountable, so "vast number of literature" is grammatically incorrect. "Vast amount of literature" would work. "Vast" is also not usually paired with a countable phrase (though I'm unsure if it's incorrect). To make "web sources" fit into the uncountable phrase, you might try something like "web material" (but I'm sure there's a better phrase than that).
    – jpmc26
    Oct 29, 2018 at 22:48
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    @jpmc26: Thank you for your hints - i've edited my answer. SInce i'm not a native speaker, it's quite likely that there are some errors in my english texts...
    – tohuwawohu
    Oct 30, 2018 at 5:19
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    The site is also famous for French writer Albert Camus' essay "Le Vent à Djemila", written in 1939: tangodelviudo.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-wind-at-djemila.html
    – Evargalo
    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:04

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