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Definition: Means of getting clean and visiting with one's peers. The bath was a building or (usually) a complex that contained many rooms, only one or two of which contained water. Other rooms were for getting massages, relaxing, and changing clothes. The water in the baths was usually hot and was heated by what the Romans called a hypocaust, which kept hot air in the walls surrounding the water room, thus keeping the water warm. The baths were often destinations for Senators or other important people who wanted to conduct business (political or otherwise) in a private place.

Related Resources:
Ancient Rome
Learn more about the fascinating story of Rome.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Ancient Roman Bath
Good overview of baths and their form and function.

Secrets of Lost Empires: Roman Baths
PBS companion site to the TV program focuses on technology.

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