Pompeii Essay

876 WordsJan 29, 20094 Pages
Speech Water, Cleanliness, Nudity, Hygiene, Bubbles, Soap, Relaxation, warmth, solitude now these are just a few of the thoughts we associate with the term Bath or Bathing, Hello and good morning to my fellow classmates, peers and the lovely Mrs Gilbert, Ill be talking about the Ancient Pompeian and Herculaneum Baths and the process of bathing which is quite and very different to the contemporary bathing process. In Pompeii and Herculaneum the Bath-house was an integral part of day to day life and by far the most important for the majority of Romans. The Bath-houses served many features including a place to socialize, exercise and facilities for sport and recreation. In Pompeii there four main types of public Bath’s: The Strabian; The Forum; The Central and The Amphitheatre. In contrast, Herculaneum had only two sets of public baths: The Forum and Suburban Baths. -The Strabian baths in Pompeii were by far the oldest of all the Baths with some been dated back to have been built in the 4th century BC, They include gymnasiums, they have multiple rooms to cater for large numbers including many changing rooms Latrines. They were decorated with elegant images of the surrounding area including flora and fauna. The separate sections of these houses show that the men’s allocated area were larger and more ornate then those allocated to the woman. -The Central Baths in Pompeii were the newest of all the Baths, they were built after the earthquake of 62AD. These appear to be the largest and most ornate, with what seems to be the appearance of same sex baths. -The Forum Baths in Pompeii and Herculaneum were the most preserved in which some cases there was still wood in the fireplace. These Baths were largely decorated with religious items. These bath-houses are similar to Strabian baths as the allocated sections for the woman were somewhat smaller then

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