The Spas of Europe

The Spas of Europe

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... In the course of their warlike expeditions to other parts of Europe, and to Asia and Africa, the Roman Generals used to station their troops where they encountered hot springs, which had become almost a necessity for them; and large and comfortable bathing establishments were erected at most such places. The Romans discovered a great many of the most important thermal waters of France, England, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Pannonia, Transylvania, and even Africa. Amongst those most used by them I merely mention Aix in Savoy (Aquae Allobrogorum s. Gratianae), Acqui in Montferrat (Aquae Statiellae), Baden in Switzerland (Aquae Turicorum), Baden-Baden (Thermae Aureliae), Baden near Vienna (Aquae Noricae), Bath (Aquae calidae, sudatae, Solis), Wies baden (Aquae Mattiacae), Aix-la-Chapelle (Aquis granum s. Aquae Granenses), Spa in Belgium (Aquae ad civitatemTungria1n), Aix in Provence (Aquae Sextiae), Bagneres de Luchon (Aquae Convenarum), Bagneres de Bigorre (Vicus aquensis), Constantine (Aquae Tibilitanae), and many others. M' Tristram, in his recent work on the great Sahara, informs us that on the eastern extremity of the desert, in the oasis of El Kantara, there exist the ruins _of a Roman town and thermal baths, near a natural basin which receives the contents of a hot spring, and which had no doubt decided the selection of the site. Much progress in the knowledge of the natural history and the curative powers of mineral waters, was not made by the Romans. Vitruvius remarked that the water of thermal springs had originally no peculiar virtues, but that certain substances in the interior of the earth were boiled by the water, which thus became impregnated with its most active ingredients. Sulphurous waters therefore restored...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787838
  • 9781236787835