Fresco of Nile scene and Archimedes’ screw

    • Provenienza:
      Pompeii, House I 11, 15, upper floor balcony balustrade
    • Data:
      1st century AD
    • Materiali:
      Painted plaster
    • Dimensioni:
      height 122 cm, width 182 cm
    • Collocazione:
      Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei
    • Inventario:
      inv. 56310
  • Fresco of Nile scene and Archimedes’ screw

In the middle of a Nile scene with buildings and banquets based on the Alexandrian painting style, a pigmy moves something cylindrical with his feet while holding on to a horizontal pole. This is an Archimedes' screw, a water elevator principally used for irrigation but capable of raising other materials, an invention attributed to Archimedes on the basis of testimonies by Diodorus Siculus and Athenaeus.