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Water - Ancient Rome

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Gess Gibson

on 15 August 2010

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Transcript of Water - Ancient Rome

Water - Ancient Rome The lead pipes used to distribute water would not have caused lead poisoning as the water was flowing constantly and did not settle on the pipe and so lead would not have been deposited into the water. Upper class Romans could pay a tax that would allow them to have a private source of water. The tax would depend on the size of nozzle that was connected to the distribution tank, the larger the nozzle, the more water and so the larger the tax. Toilets for the poor in Rome were called latrines. They were public and consisted of rows of stone benches with hole cut into them that opened directly into the sewers. There was no privacy in the latrines and nothing to separate each user. Ten bath houses have been discovered in Dion, but the great baths complex is the largest and the most luxurious. The pillars visible in the photograph supported the floor above the hypocaust. Hypocausts were the form of heating that was used to heat the bath houses. There were three rooms in the bath houses, all a different temperature. Toilets were public with no dividing walls making bathroom visits a not so private affair.
Roman toilet paper Oil was used as soap and strigils were used to scrape the oil off the body. Chamber pots were emptied into drains that lead to the sewers. Aqueducts carried water to the city from fresh springs.
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