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In the first century BC a typical Roman citizens day would include work in the morning and a leisurely afternoon at the public bath or thermae Large cities and small towns alike had public baths The baths were large buildings built for the citizens by rich emperors who wanted to impress their subjects Sometimes wealthy Romans who were trying to gain popularity with the people would pay the entry fee for anyone wishing to visit the baths for a whole day There was a minimal fee so the lower classes and slaves could not attendAqueducts or natural mountain springs supplied the water needed for the baths The baths usually opened around 1030 am and closed just before supper time Men and women bathed separately Women either bathed very early in the morning or at their own homes Some of the baths for the higher classes were filled with wine for the men and milk for the womenThe baths were very elegant A normal bath house would have mirror-covered walls ceilings made of glass and the pools lined with marble and all sorts of artwork covered the floors A Roman who visited the baths would enter the baths through the front porch whose roof was supported by marble pillars He would enter into the main hall were he would pay his fee From there he would go to the locker rooms called apodyteriums Here he would leave his clothes with his servant to guard The bath house had many different rooms each with its own special useThe tepidarium or warm room was filled with warm pools Once undressed you would go here to prepare yourself for the sauna-like room called the calidraium These hot rooms where heated by the hypocaust In this room the Romans would rub oils onto their bodies and they would use a scraper called a strigil to scrape it off They did this because soap was a rare luxury for the
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