The public baths were very popular in Ancient Rome, and were a busy, noisy and lively meeting place for the Romans.
Ancient Rome had hundreds of these baths where Roman Citizens could bathe, have their hair cut, exercise in the gymnasium, read at the bath's library, and even grab a snack.
The Ancient Romans would have had to pay an admission charge to enter the baths, but the entry fee to the baths was low so even the poor of Ancient Rome could visit.
The larger public baths, were called thermae, and were owned by the state.
A Roman visiting the baths to bathe, would have had to pass through several baths in succession..... tepid, hot and dry, warm and steamy and a final cold plunge bath in the frigidarium.
Although slaves were not allowed to visit the baths themselves, they were often taken in to the baths by the wealthier Roman Citizens. Slaves could then help their masters or mistresses to enjoy the baths.
Roman men and Roman women would try to visit the baths at least once every day. Only the very biggest of the Public Baths had facilities for men and women. Most of the baths operated seperate hours for Roman men and Roman women.
Children were not allowed to use the baths.
By the way, the Ancient Romans did not use soap! Instead they rubbed oil into their skin and then scraped it off with a metal scraper, called a strigil; this removed the dirt, dead skin and sweat from their bodies and left them clean.
Also, bathhouses also had large public toilets, often with marble seats over channels whose continuous flow of water made them the first “flush toilets.” A shallow channel in front of the seats, with running water, was furnished with sponges attached to sticks for patrons to wipe themselves after using the toilet.
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