The ancient Romans might visit the baths
first, and then wander down to the Forum, although many did prefer to
get their shopping done early.
In all but the largest baths, there
were separate hours for men and women. The women's time slot was
apparently much shorter, so that women probably had to be more careful
scheduling. But larger baths had duplicate facilities.
extremely popular. Roman women and men tried to visit the baths at
least once every day.
The baths had hot and cold pools,
towels, slaves to wait on you, steam rooms, saunas, exercise rooms,
and hair cutting salons. They had reading rooms and libraries, as
among the freeborn, who had the right to frequent baths, the majority
They even had stores, selling all kinds
of things. People sold hot fast food. The baths were arranged
rather like a very large mall, with bathing pools.
The baths were packed. The people
loved them. At one time, there were as many as 900 public baths in
ancient Rome. Small ones held about 300 people, and the big ones
held 1500 people or more! Some Roman hospitals even had their own
bathhouses. A trip to the bath was a very important part of
ancient Roman daily life.
Could kids use the baths? No. Was
there an admission charge to the baths? Yes. Could slaves use the
baths? Properly, no. But the people who could, as a matter of
course, brought their slave attendants with them.
Day at the Baths (NOVA)
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