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Bathhouses As Places of Social and Cultural Interaction

Yaron Z. Eliav

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199216437
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199216437.013.0033

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Bathhouses As Places of Social and Cultural Interaction

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This article discusses Roman public bathhouses, which provided a wide range of services that included swimming pools, saunas, and meeting rooms. It looks at the technology and cultural facets that were present in the bathhouses. It then describes the facilities, the social encounters that occurred, and the statues that were displayed there. The article also studies the supposed hostility of the Jews toward the bathhouses, the issue of nudity, the potential hazards, and the wide dissemination of Roman baths.

Keywords: public bathhouses; cultural facets; technology; facilities; social encounters; statuary; nudity; potential hazards

Article.  8429 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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