The Role Of Bathing In Ancient Roman Culture
Bathing acted as a major role in ancient Roman culture. Many cultures considered
bathing as a private activity but the Romans considered it a communal activity. Not only was
it considered a place to cleanse the body, but also a place a place to socialize and interact with
each other. The Greeks initiated bathing practices in the form of foot baths, bath tubs and wash basins.
Although the Roman baths were greatly inspired by the Greek bathing practices, the Romans
surpassed them in size of their baths. Regions of Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean were inspired by the idea of the bath
as the Roman empire continued to expand. Greek mythology stated that some springs and
tidal pools had healing properties and the ability to cure diseases, hence were seen as a …show more content…
Offerings were brought by people from surrounding areas as a gift to
the gods and after bathed in the water as they hoped to get cured. In result, bathing chambers
were built on the hillside from which hot springs emerged.
Large imperial bath complexes were referred to as Thermae in ancient Rome. They
could hold up to 3000 bathers. Smaller bath facilities were referred to as Balnae,. They were
sometimes privately owned but open to the public to use.
The Roman baths included the following rooms: apodyterium which were the