Bathing in the Roman World

Bathing in the Roman World

by Fikret Yegul
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521840325

ISBN-13: 9780521840323

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,

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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 undergraduate and graduate students for use in courses on Roman architecture, archaeology, civilization, and social and cultural history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521840323
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Popularity of Roman bathing culture 5

3 Bathing rituals and activities 11

4 Critics of Roman bathing : ethical and moral concerns 22

5 Origins and development of Roman baths and bathing 40

6 Heating and water supply systems of Roman baths 80

7 Architecture of Roman baths 101

8 Provincial baths of North Africa 133

9 Baths and bathing in Asia Minor : the gymnastic tradition 154

10 Bathing and baths in the East during the late antique and Byzantine periods : new paradigms of social use 181

11 Transformations of Roman baths and bathing in Christian and Islamic societies 199

12 Baths, bathing, and cleanliness in postclassical European societies 213

Selected bibliography 231

Glossary 245

Index 251

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