Bathing in the Roman World / Edition 1

Bathing in the Roman World / Edition 1

by Fikret Yegul
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521549620

ISBN-13: 9780521549622

Pub. Date: 10/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In Bathing in the Roman World, Fikret Yegul examines the social and cultural aspects of one of the key Roman institutions. Guiding the reader through the customs, rituals, and activities associated with public bathing, Yegul traces the origins and development of baths and bathing customs and analyzes the sophisticated technology and architecture of bath complexes,…  See more details below

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In Bathing in the Roman World, Fikret Yegul examines the social and cultural aspects of one of the key Roman institutions. Guiding the reader through the customs, rituals, and activities associated with public bathing, Yegul traces the origins and development of baths and bathing customs and analyzes the sophisticated technology and architecture of bath complexes, which were among the most imposing of all Roman building types. He also examines the reception of bathing throughout the classical world and the transformation of bathing culture across three continents in Byzantine and Christian societies. The volume concludes with an epilogue on bathing and cleanliness in post-classical Europe, revealing the changes and continuities in culture that have made public bathing a viable phenomenon even in the modern era. Richly illustrated and written in an accessible manner, this book is geared to undergraduates for use in courses on Roman architecture, archaeology, civilization, and social and cultural history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521549622
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,298,346
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Popularity of bathing in Roman culture; 3. Bathing rituals and activities; 4. Critics of Roman bathing – ethical and moral questions; 5. Origins and development of Roman baths and bathing; 6. Heating and water supply systems of Roman baths; 7. Architecture of Roman baths; 8. Provincial baths of North Africa; 9. Baths and bathing in Asia Minor: the gymnastic tradition; 10. Bathing and baths in the East during the Late Antique and Byzantine periods: new paradigms of social use; 11. Transformations of Roman baths and bathing in Christian and Islamic societies; 12. Baths, bathing and cleanliness in post-classical European societies.

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