Socializing at the Baths

Garrett G. Fagan

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This article studies the various social relations that occurred in the Roman baths. It shows that Roman bathing was a very social activity that even the supposed private baths that were attached to the houses and villas of the Roman elite were common gathering places of the hosts and their guests. It then describes the Roman baths and the rituals that were involved. It views the baths as a place for social intercourse, and looks at the events that occurred inside the Roman baths. The article also discusses the role of public bathhouses in Roman society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940677
ISBN (Print)9780195188004
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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