Just south of the Colosseum was the Meta Sudans, a great fountain said to have been built by Domitian in 97 AD. In shape it resembled a goal (meta), and sudans described the appearance of the jets and streams of water. It stood at the point of meetin of five regions, I, II, III, IV, and X. The core still stands, conical in shape, 9 meters high and five meters in diameter at the bottom. Around the base is a great basin, which probably dates from the time of Constantine. The whole fountain was originally covered with marble.
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