In classical antiquity, an authepsa or autepsa, was a vessel used for water heating. Our reconstruction is based on the authepsa found in AUGST.
This roman “water heater” was used in the convivium, as many mosaics prove.
The hot water provided by the authepsa was mixed with wine.
Detail of the three legs of the authepsa.
The tap was bull shape.
Top of the authepsa with its cover.
Detail of the tap and opening lever.
Combustion tube where the coal burned. And the hole to fill water
Replica made by Cohors I Gallica.
Authepsa found in Augst.
Photography of Augusta Raurica Museum.