Bathing was very important to the
ancient Romans. Romans would visit the public baths every day,
even holy and feast days. These were not co-ed. Each
public bathhouse either had separate pools for men and women or had
different hours for men and women.
bathhouse was more than just a place to wash. It was kind of like
what shopping malls are today. It was a place to meet friends, a
place where you could get something to eat, a place to workout, even a
place to read the days news. You could even get your hair cut and
styled. Inside the bathhouse were both hot and cold pools, saunas,
workout rooms, reading rooms restaurants and even hair salons. And
of course there were many slaves to pamper you.
Unlike our shopping malls today, you had to pay
to enter the public bath. Children and slaves were not supposed to
enter (of course if you had enough money or power you could bring your
personal slaves with you). The bathhouse was a very important part
of every Romans day.
Day at the Baths (NOVA)
Roman Architecture - Free Presentations