- DURATION 60 mins
The historian Suetonius claimed that the best time to ask Emperor Vespasian for a favour was right after his bath—because the Romans knew that bathing relaxed both mind and body, awakened the senses, and improved the mood. How seriously the Romans took bathing can be seen in the astonishing remains of monumental thermae such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. One of the largest architectural complexes of the ancient world, it was completed in 220 AD was the most extensive and luxurious of all the Roman baths. An army of slaves, attendants, trainers, doctors, masseurs, guards and engineers kept this city of water going whilst underground the furnaces and boilers were stoked, a laundry operated and a mill ground flour for bread to serve the thousands of visitors. Even urine from the latrines was recycled and used in wool processing on the premises. Join Melanie King as she introduces you to the exotic world of bathing Roman style.
- Duration: 60 mins
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Meet the Host, Melanie
Melanie King has published eight books of historical non-fiction, covering subjects from prophecy and espionage to the history of chocolate. Her latest book, The Secret History of English Spas, was released September 2021.
Melanie graduated from Sussex University and has worked in Bangkok as a staff writer for the Nation, in Brussels with eurocrats, in the publications department at Chatham House, and in London with refugees and victims of torture. She earns a living as a writer and speaker, exploring the oddities of little-known byways of history.
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