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Bathing in the Roman World

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  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521840323

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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.

    • Full technical information on the remarkable heating and water supply technology of Roman baths
    • Bathing as a new social paradigm in late antique and early Christian societies
    • Concepts of public bathing and cleanliness in post-classical societies in the West and the East
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    'This is an affectionate and scholarly account of the ancient romans' passion for bathing which builds on the author's more extensive study, Baths and Bathing in Classical Antiquity.' History Today

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    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521840323
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 179 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 104 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Sports and Leisure in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
  • Author

    Fikret Yegül, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Fikret Yegul is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A scholar of Roman architecture, he has been a member of the Harvard Sardis Excavations in Turkey and the Ohio State University Isthmia Excavations in Greece. Yegul is the author of articles and books on Roman architecture, notably Baths and Bathing in Classical Antiquity, which received the Alice D. Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians in 1994.

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