"Sauna" Shahhat Things to Do Tip by grets

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by grets

Bathing was considered a leisure activity in Roman times and was part of the daily routine for men of all classes, as well as many women. While we consider bathing to be a very private activity conducted in the home, bathing in Roman cities was a communal activity, conducted in public facilities such as this sauna (laconicum).

From the changing rooms (apodyterium), the bathers would enter the baths where oils and herbs would be used on their skin, they would partake in excercise following which the oil would be scraped off their bodies along with any dirt.

They would then usually continue to the calidarium (hot baths), followed by the tepidarium (warm baths) and finally the frigidarium (the cold baths)

After the cleansing rituals, bathers would carry out more relaxing activities such as strolling in the gardens.

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  • Updated Mar 13, 2005
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