Roman Baths Of Ancient Rome: Ancient Rome Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 2 Subject: Drama - World Type: Essay Paper: #77759200 Related Topics: Bath, Roman, Roman Empire, Romans
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Roman Baths of Ancient Rome

While majority of contemporary cultures view bathing as a private activity that should only be carried out in the confines of a home, for ancient Romans, it was a social event. Baths, a common feature of Roman cities at the time, were used for bathing and relaxing, often in huge bath complexes. Although most people would go to public baths to get clean, the bath complexes also included various rooms that offered different temperatures, reading facilities, swimming pools, restaurants and other entertainment facilities[footnoteRef:1]. In fact, people would watch a juggler, an acrobatic gymnast, and listen to a poem recital or a musician while they bathed[footnoteRef:2] . [1: Kubesh, Katie, McNeil, Niki and Bellotto, Kim, Ancient Rome, (Coloma, MI: HOCPP, 2007), 23] [2: Kubesh, Niki and Bellotto, Ancient Rome, 22]

In their original state, bath complexes contained dozens of columns of varying sizes, which were fashioned with marble and precious stones[footnoteRef:3]. Unsupported walls were held apart with concrete in the form of stiff mortared rubble. This facilitated the creation of large airy rooms with high ceilings, features used in public buildings to date. The baths were often heated by a central heating system and bath fires kept burning beneath the basements[footnoteRef:4]. [3: Fagan, Garrett, Bathing in Public...


Early in the first century, the first shrine was built by people of the Iron Age, which they dedicated to the goddess Sulis Mirneva; the origin of the cities Roman name. A good example is the Great Bath at the end of a channel led from the sacred spring, shown in the diagram below. [5: Fagan, Bathing in Public in the Roman World, 62]

The oldest baths at Pompeii, an ancient Roman City, are the Stabian Baths. In 80 B.C, the city became a Roman colony, taking over the facility, which was then extended after the establishment of the Sullan Colony[footnoteRef:6]. Pompeians extended bathing facilities owing to new water outlets and a need to keep up with bathing fashions. Stabian baths were then replaced with smaller Forum baths, which were later extended in the Augustan period by adding the women's section; the original baths had been for men only[footnoteRef:7]. Bath complexes were then constructed in newer and better designs over the years, and after the fall of the Roman Empire, they still…

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Fagan, Garrett, Bathing in Public in the Roman World, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, 2002.

Kubesh, Katie, McNeil, Niki and Bellotto, Kim, Ancient Rome, Coloma, MI: HOCPP, 2007.

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