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Lost Items Reveal Roman Bath Activities

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 03:20 PM

A new study of objects lost down the drains in the bathhouses from the Roman Empire reveals that people got up to all sorts of things in these gathering places. They bathed, of course, but they also adorned themselves with trinkets, snacked on finger foods and even did needlework.

http://www.livescien...oman-baths.html

http://blogs.smithso...-teeth-cleaned/

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:10 PM

There was a lot of hanky panky going on in these baths too.  So I imagine things were lost besides jewelry.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 05:38 PM

It's mind boggling that so much has survived for that long, in many cases before the time of Christ.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:02 PM

My first thought upon reading the title of this thread was.... did they find an ancient rubber ducky?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:54 PM

Wow, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have apps that cover this kind of thing. Just been too busy.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 12:59 AM

It seems as though these baths were an important part of hygiene and socializing. I suppose the powers in control change, but one would think that these baths would have proliferated rather than diminished in popularity over time.





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