History on the Net Banner

 Users Online


The Romans - The Bath House

The Romans were concerned about health and cleanliness. A network of pipes brought clean water into the city of Rome and removed waste.

Bath house imageThe public bath house was the place where people went to socialise and do business as well as getting clean.

The picture, left, shows an artists impression of how a Roman bathhouse may have looked.

Note the classical columns and arches, mosaic floor and ceiling.

The large spacious entrance or meeting area is a place where visitors can walk and talk or sit on seats around two large fountains.

The public baths can be seen in the background through the feature arches.

Roman Bath House



This picture is of one of the oldest surviving Roman bath houses - the bathhouse in Bath, near Bristol in the United Kingdom



Twelve facts about the Bath House

There were hot, warm and cold baths

Water was heated by a boiler over a fire

The hot room was called the caldarium

The cold room was called the frigidarium

Men and women used separate bath houses

The floor might be covered with a mosaic

You had to pay to use the baths

You could buy refreshments at the baths

People did weight lifting at the baths

Public slaves could give you a massage

There was no soap so people used oil instead

Sticks called strigils were used to scrape dirt off the body



Bath House
Worksheet version of this page
Roman bath house worksheet
Bath House


 Bibliography/Further Information


Search this Site    What's New    Historical Terms    Egyptians   Romans    Normans    Medieval Life    Tudors    Stuarts    English Civil War    Native Americans     Black Peoples of America    American West    British Monarchy    The Olympics    Titanic    World War One    Nazi Germany   Holocaust    World War Two    Cold War    A-Z of History    Historical Dictionary    Historical People    Famous Battles    Timelines    Online Lessons    Worksheets    Games    Links to History Sites    History Out and About    On This Day in History

facebook link picture
Follow us on Facebook
Follow History on the Net on Twitter

Tweet button




Updated 24/02/2013
Copyright © Historyonthenet 2000-2014 All rights reserved
Site created November 2000

Site design © History on the Net

Validator image

Terms, Conditions and Privacy