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There are many ways in which Rome was a sophisticated society Many civilizations and even today we use the Roman Government as a benchmark for our societyThe Romans were a very clean people they had Thermae or the public baths as we know them They went to the baths for entertainment healing in the case of some baths or just to get clean There were 170 baths in Rome during the reign of Augustus and by 300 AD that number had increased to over 900 baths The baths were huge buildings built at public expense or by rich emperors who wished to impress their subjects Sometimes rich Romans who were trying to gain popularity paid entry for a whole day for anyone wishing to visit the baths Most of the Roman baths were free but those baths that had a nominal fee had the fee to keep out the slaves and the poor who could not afford it Springs supplied the public baths Doors opened around 1030 am and closed in the late afternoon just before dinnertime Men and women bathed separately Women either bathed early in the mornings at their own baths or at home in their villas Some of the bathing habits of the richer part of the Roman civilizations were very lavish Roman men would bathe in wine and the women sometimes in milk The wife of Emperor Nero had 500 Asses to supply the milk for her bathsThe baths were very luxurious The average bathhouse would have mirrors covering the walls ceilings were buried in glass and the pools were lined with rich marble and complicated mosaics covered the floors A Roman wishing to enter the baths would do so through the front porch whose roof was supported by Roman pliers He would enter into the main hall were he would pay his fee from there he would go to the changing rooms called apodyterium In here he would leave his
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