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The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy : Toilets, Sewers, and Water Systems

By: Koloski-Ostrow, Ann Olga

Part of the Studies in the History of Greece and Rome series
146964553X / 9781469645537
Paperback / softback
937
30/07/2018
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United States
155 x 235 mm 312 pages, 36 drawings, 64 halftones
Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly  Learn More

The Romans developed sophisticated methods for managing hygiene, including aqueducts for moving water from one place to another, sewers for removing used water from baths and runoff from walkways and roads, and public and private latrines.

Through the archeological record, graffiti, sanitation-related paintings, and literature, Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow explores this little-known world of bathrooms and sewers, offering unique insights into Roman sanitation, engineering, urban planning and development, hygiene, and public health.

Focusing on the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, and Rome, Koloski-Ostrow's work challenges common perceptions of Romans' social customs, beliefs about health, tolerance for filth in their cities, and attitudes toward privacy.

In charting the complex history of sanitary customs from the late republic to the early empire, Koloski-Ostrow reveals the origins of waste removal technologies and their implications for urban health, past and present.

BIC:

1QDAR Ancient Rome, HDDK Classical Greek & Roman archaeology, TQS Sanitary & municipal engineering

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