Bathing in Public in the Roman World

Bathing in Public in the Roman World


By (author) Garrett G. Fagan

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  • Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 243mm x 32mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Ann Arbor, MI
  • ISBN 10: 0472108190
  • ISBN 13: 9780472108190
  • Illustrations note: Ill.

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For Romans, bathing was a social event. Public baths, in fact, were one of the few places where large numbers of Romans gathered daily in an informal context. They went to meet friends, drink wine, pick up sexual partners, and generally while away the idle afternoon hours. Despite the disapproval of the morally superior, the popularity of the baths endured for over a millennium and spread to every corner of the Roman world. This book is the first to study the Roman public bathing experience primarily as a historical, social, and cultural phenomenon rather than a technological or architectural one.

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