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16. The Bath

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A bath house was an essential part of nearly every Roman Villa. The bathing ritual was complicated and was carried out in various rooms.
In the center background of the picture, you see the changing room (apodyterium). From here, one moved on to the cold bath (frigidarium) to begin bathing. It is to the right rear in the picture. The large room in the foreground (tepidarium) had a heated pavement and served as preparation for the hot baths and for relaxation. Gymnastics and beauty treatment took place in this room.
The hot bath (caldarium) in the background to the left also had floor heating. A large wooden bathing tub was located here or the room could be used for a steam bath.

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