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Roman Baths and Aqueducts. Roman Baths. One of the most important leisure activities. Daily part of lives for men and women-no mixed bathing. Communal activity. Like a modern day spa or health club. Also held sports and recreation. Public and private baths existed.

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roman baths
Roman Baths
  • One of the most important leisure activities.
  • Daily part of lives for men and women-no mixed bathing.
  • Communal activity.
  • Like a modern day spa or health club.
  • Also held sports and recreation.
  • Public and private baths existed.
  • Small fee to use them was needed (women paid a higher fee).
  • Workday was from sunrise to 2pm.
how the baths worked
How the baths worked
  • Had a foundation of pillars.
  • Furnace was underneath the bath.
  • Hot air flowed around the pillars and heated the rooms and water.
  • Latrines: marble seats over a channel of water which had a continuous flow (like a modern toliet).
routine
Routine
  • Person would have dirt scraped off.
  • Then they would move from room to a warmer room.
  • Would finish in a cold room.
  • Then would dry off in a steam room.
  • After a bath, a person would visit the garden, library or watch a performance at the bath house.
roman aqueducts
Roman Aqueducts
  • Aqueduct: artificial channel that carried fresh water from springs, streams, and lakes into Roman towns.
  • Traveled through channels and pipes.
  • Most were underground though some were supported by high arch bridges.
  • Rome had 10 great aqueducts running 260 miles.
  • Brought 1,000 litres a day for each person in Rome (about a million people).
aqueducts continued
Aqueducts continued
  • Most of the water brought in was for the public baths.
  • Also the technology helped to build indoor plumbing and a sewer system.
urban problems
Urban Problems
  • Overcrowded and noisy
  • Sanitation problems
  • Disease and pollution
  • Little to eat for most Romans
  • Huge difference between rich and poor. Poor had difficulty finding jobs.
  • Poor people had homes with small rooms and no running water or toilets. Trash was dropped out the window.
  • Fire was common