Bathing in the Roman World Paperback – 19 Nov 2009
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'This is an affectionate and scholarly account of the ancient romans' passion for bathing which builds on the author's more extensive study, Baths and Bathing in Classical Antiquity.' History Today
Fikret Yegul examines the social and cultural aspects of one of the key Roman institutions. Yegul traces the origins and development of baths and bathing customs and analyzes the sophisticated technology and architecture of bath complexes. Richly illustrated and written in an accessible manner, this book is geared to undergraduates for use in courses on Roman architecture, archaeology, civilization, and social and cultural history.See all Product Description
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The origin and development of Roman baths is considered, which seem to owe less to Greek gymnasia than is commonly thought, and more to central Italian farmsteads having steam rooms for treatment of respiratory conditions, rheumatism and the like. The next chapter discusses the mechanisms of the heating and water supply for baths.
Many examples of baths are analysed in three chapters, firstly on the large scale imperial baths of the city of Rome itself which could each cover an area bigger than some towns, followed by provincial baths of north Africa (where small towns of around 3000 could have a dozen public baths), and finally baths in Asia Minor which unlike elsewhere did show evidence of more of a Greek heritage, giving more prominence to the palaestra/gymnasium.
A couple of chapters are devoted to the later developments. Christian opposition to bathing was not as clear cut as often supposed; there seemed to be a wide range of opinions, but generally it was considered acceptable so long as it was for purposes of hygiene rather than pleasure.Read more ›