Public Bathing a Roman Practice

The Romans practiced wide scale public bathing. The evidence still exists today, those that still exist were once within the Roman Empire, even though today they may not be within Italy. Most Roman Bathhouses were multi rooms with hot and cold water baths.

Renown Bathhouses:

  • Baths of Agrippa (Circa 27 CE)
  • Baths of Titus (Circa 81 CE)
  • Baths of Caracalla (Circa 217 CE) – Designed for 1600 bathers

Romans considered bathing so important that they would construct bathing houses in all major Roman Cities and in places where Roman Influences Settlements. That is why Herod’s Palace atop Masada in the arid Judean wilderness has a Roman Bathhouse.

Date:
      27 CE
ERA:
      Roman Empire
Location:
      Reach of the Roman Empire


Additional Information:

  • Ancient Roman bathing – Wikipedia
    Bathing was one of the most common daily activities in Roman culture, and was practiced across a wide variety of social classes.
  • Ancient Roman Baths – Thermae, Baths of – Caracalla, Diocletian
    Bathing played a major part in ancient Roman culture and society. Bathing was one of the most common daily activities in Roman culture, and was practiced across a wide variety of social classes.
  • Roman Baths – History Learning Site
    Roman baths were part of the day-to-day life in Ancient Rome. Bath in Somerset, contains one of the best examples of a Roman bath complex in Europe.
  • Roman Baths – Ancient History Encyclopedia
    Baths for bathing and relaxing were a common feature of Roman cities throughout the empire. The often huge bath complexes included a wide diversity of rooms offering different temperatures and facilities such as swimming pools and places to read, relax, and socialise.
  • Bathing In Ancient Rome – VRoma
    Hey, can you imagine a time when taking a bath was a social event like going to the movies is for us today? Or how about taking a bath with a group of your friends? Sounds pretty strange, doesn’t it? Well if you lived in Ancient Roman times, this type of bathing would be a reality for you!
  • Roman Baths – Primary Homework Help
    Every town had its own bath complex (like a large swimming pool). There were 170 baths in Rome during the reign of Augustus and by 300 A.D that number had increased to over 900 baths.
  • Roman bath – PBS
    An integral part of daily life in ancient Rome, the baths gave citizens of all classes the chance to mingle, gossip and relax.

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