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Latrinae et Foricae: Toilets in the Roman World

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The Romans are renowned for their aqueducts, baths and water systems, achievements equalled in the modern world only over the past few hundred years. Their toilets, both single ('latrinae') and multi-seater ('foricae') form part of the Roman sanitation system that continues to fascinate the modern visitor to ancient sites today. In this well illustrated overview, Barry ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 9th 2009 by Bristol Classical Press (first published May 21st 2009)
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Nathalie
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roman-technology
Really enjoyed working my way carefully through this one! A thorough, yet simple, overview of a much overlooked topic.
Matthew
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the words of a popular children's book, Everyone Poops. This means that historians should be asking themselves, to quote the title of another children's book, Where's the Poop?. This is the question that Barry Hobson has asked about the Roman world. And a worthy question, when we consider that Romans are justly famous as engineers in the ancient world, and that many of us have been taught that élite Romans had 'flush toilets' in their homes. Furthermore, toilets are an important aspect of ...more
Laura
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This has to be the best book on Roman toilets ever written!

A quick skim of Latrinae Et Foricae promised good things to come, and I was not disappointed. This is a slim but thorough survey of Roman toilets and hygiene, the work of a medical doctor turned historian. Although necessarily based heavily on Pompeii, the book covers toilets found throughout the Roman world, and, much to my surprise, is small enough to be carried along when traveling. (Unless an e-book edition appears, it will
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