This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

On The Roman Baths:Did The Romans Only Use The Baths To Get Clean Or Were There Political And Social Motivations Behind The Number Of Romans Regularly Going To The Baths?"

3287 words - 13 pages

INTRODUCTIONThe idea of public baths was originally Greek, and the Romans picked up on the idea around the second century B.C.The first palatial bath (Thermae) was built by Agrippa in the Campus Martius. Others were located near the pantheon in Rome, on the slopes of the Esquiline Hill, near the Colusseum, by Porta Capena and on the Quirinai Hill. These Thermae were not merely baths. Some contained art galleries and halls to hire or use freely to meet friends in, others had large palaestra's (exercise yards) within or nearby.Before the great Thermae were built, smaller public baths called 'Balnea' were run by individuals trying to make a profit. These were plentiful in Augustus' time, there were about 170 in Rome, but by Pliny's era 'an infinite number' (1) and at the fall of the Empire, well over 900.Of course, some Balinea had very bad reputations as brothels where men and women were allow to bathe together (2) but these were avoidable for any Roman who knew his city well.One source (3) says,'Socially the Baths were an important meeting and mixing place. Everyone had his favourite Baths just as every Englishman has his favourite public house'.This comparison of the Baths and a modern pub leads to the question my coursework examines:'Did the Romans only use the Baths to get clean or were there political and social motivations behind the number of Roman's regularly going to the Baths?'It will do so first by examining the purpose of the baths for the Romans and their nature. Second, it will look at a case study on Aqua Sulis, Roman Baths in Bath, England and describe the nature of these baths in Roman times and the purposes for which they were used.'As the Roman's Did' p ?Emperor Hadrian passed a law forbidding this - source?Life and Leisure? As the Roman's did.Roman Baths: A way of keeping clean and or a means of political and social advancement?Bathing was very important to most Romans as it was a chance to demonstrate, increase and remind people about their status and wealth. Only people who could afford to pay to enter the baths, or people that had a certain status (above a slave) were supposed to use the baths. Therefore, bathing was an easy way to show class distinction and status.In Roman society, it was fashionable to be clean. However there were some dissenters. Seneca, wrote about bathing, 'It was a sign of weakness, and you should only wash once a week, like in the good old days' (ref?). However, he seems to be in the minority, and as I mentioned in my introduction, the number of public baths continued to increase.I suggest that one reason why cleansing one self was important was because of the climate of Italy. The hot dry dusty conditions meant that to be clean before social interactions, bathing was necessary and thus became increasingly fashionableThe purposes of the baths evolved dramatically from simple, dingy rooms, (later called 'moth havens' by those who used the larger Thermae) whose purpose was primarily cleansing, to complex...

Find Another Essay On On the Roman Baths:Did the Romans only use the baths to get clean or were there political and social motivations behind the number of romans regularly going to the baths?"

Roman Baths Essay

1141 words - 5 pages citizens could also use the bath as a gathering space. These baths were helpful to both the community and the social aspect of the Romans. Building a Roman bath required excellent engineering skills, due to the fact the the baths were not just baths. The baths also held libraries, barbers, gyms, gardens, an outdoor spa, so building when building these baths, the structure had to be perfect. When entering a Roman bath, one of the many features the

Going to the Emergency Room? Get in Line Behind the Others

1396 words - 6 pages of financial funding and supplies inadequate services to enrollees while Medicare does not have these problems.Although Medicaid is available to socioeconomically disadvantaged people, many do not use Medicaid for various reasons. One reason is that many citizens are uninformed about the programs. Many low-income people think Medicaid is for families on welfare, not working families. In reality, Medicaid recipients or eligible recipients are

The Baths of Caracalla

2229 words - 9 pages that at the height if the empire, the baths embodied the ideal Roman way of urban life. The Bath houses served many purposes; they were a social meeting place where people discussed anything from politics to work to their daily lives. They also provided a place for relaxation and exercise. In a time where there was turmoil and struggle this was a way for the Emperor to give back to the people by providing a sanctuary. The baths of Caracalla are

Ireland Has A Long History Of Censorship. Compare The Political And Cultural Motivations Behind Two Different Periods Of Censorship Since 1922

2985 words - 12 pages political motivations. Other motivations such as nationalism and anti-communism were also responsible for censorship during these two periods, though to a lesser degree. It is obvious that the Church was not a protagonist during the Emergency as the Catholic Hierarchy were themselves censored. However, there were political motivations behind both periods of censorship and it is evident that the government's role became stronger as the church's role diminished.

The Romans and Christianity

956 words - 4 pages . Romans and Christians shared a rich narrative for their followers. Romans shared stories, a mythology, for every one of their gods. These stories were shared orally and in written text, passed down generation to generation. This fermented the communal spirit of Roman state religion. To Christians, the Bible is the collection of religious writings from Hebrew Scripture. There is the Old Testament and later writings are included in the Old

The Book of Romans

926 words - 4 pages starts off the section about the saving righteousness of God which continues from there (3:21-4:25). The theological context is very broad since Biblical principles are built from the target text. There are many texts which involve salvation in the Scripture. Some of the obvious texts are John 3:16, Ephesians 1:4-8, some other parts of the “Romans road”, and the list goes on. This is due to the fact that there are many different parts of

The Argument of Romans

2677 words - 11 pages declared him righteous because of his faith, not circumcision, so that he could be the father to all who would believe whether they were Jew or Gentile (4:11-12). The Romans were to follow this same example by believing in Jesus and His work (4:23-24). Results of Justification God’s Grace      The next thing Paul wrote about was the Romans present state of justification and its benefits (5:1-4). They received this gift

Teaching From Paul's Epistle to the Romans

1089 words - 4 pages righteousness of God; by proclaiming the truth, even if it is rejected, God is glorified. * The Righteousness of God by Faith is Revealed in the Gospel (Romans 1:17). We all are sinners under the censure of God. Jehovah's purpose is to substantiate His righteousness not only to humans, but to the angelic hosts as well (Ephesians 3:8, 9). Even when we declare God's Word and it falls on deaf ears; God's righteous has been proclaimed due to faith associated

Impact of Greek Culture on the Romans

895 words - 4 pages main character in the Aeneid Aeneas, is motivated by his “Stoic sense of duty”, which relates back to the influence of Greek philosophy (Fiero 146). Homer was not the only Greek poet to influence Roman literature. Sappho, known for her lyric poetry influenced Catullus, who was “the greatest of the Latin lyric poets” (Fiero 148). The themes in the poems of Catullus and Sappho were similar in their emphasis on their homosexual preferences. The Roman

Ambition and Architecture Compares layout and motivations behind Egyptian and Roman architecture

2051 words - 8 pages ultimate goal because the cultural differences between Romans and Egyptians made it necessary to use different techniques. Romans had pride in their community and civic identity while Egyptians placed a higher emphasis on the importance of the afterlife; as such, the architectural complexes reflect these ideas. I believe that the Forum of Trajan establishes power and authority by inviting the populous of Rome to marvel at Trajan's accomplishments

The Seventh Chapter of Romans

1477 words - 6 pages The seventh chapter of Romans remains one of the more controversial sections of Paul’s final letter. This paper will attempt to provide a unique interpretation and of vv14-25 . This section is rhetorically and stylistically challenging, and there is no consensus as to audience, or meaning. It might be seen as offering up a very low anthropology, and a pessimistic view of the human condition. Even the central question of who is thought to be

Similar Essays

The Roman Baths At Nimes Essay

1430 words - 6 pages may think. This theme is reflected through the structure of his poem; his use of a modified form of the original sonnet and a non-standard rhyme scheme shows his desire to break free of the social norms and set his own new ones. In just fourteen lines, Henri Cole manages to unveil the hidden realities of what takes place in baths while disguising the truths within the rhyming lines of his poem. Works Cited Cole, Henri. "The Roman Baths at

Research Paper On Three Roman Aspects Of Life: Roman Baths, Roman Theatre, And The Roman Army

1440 words - 6 pages Roman BathsPeople today think of bathing as a private activity, while Romans usually bathed in public facilities that in some ways resemble modern spas or health clubs. Roman baths were generally used for entertainment, healing, or to just simply get clean. There were 170 baths in ROme during Octavius' reign and by 300 A.D. that number had increased to over 900 baths.The baths were vast buildings built at either public expense or by rich

The Roman Baths: Were They Just For Clenlyness Or Were Therer Other Resons For Them

3313 words - 13 pages modern pub leads to the question my coursework examines:'Did the Romans only use the Baths to get clean or were there political and social motivations behind the number of Roman's regularly going to the Baths?'It will do so first by examining the purpose of the baths for the Romans and their nature. Second, it will look at a case study on Aqua Sulis, Roman Baths in Bath, England and describe the nature of these baths in Roman times and the

How Civilized Were The Romans? Essay

826 words - 4 pages plebeians. This shows that Rome is civilized because if they were not civilized they would have different pipes for different social classes. And the aqueducts are so well built that they are still in use today, like the roads. Romans built the first road on Earth; they are built with wide and heavy stone blocks, dirt or gravel and flagstones. They are in such a great shape that even now, comparing them to the roads we have, is like comparing a