MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

223 views

Briefly describe the rooms a Roman would have expected to see in a typical set of baths

Roman baths were a very important building structure for Roman citizens. No matter the size of the baths, the number of rooms, when it was built, where it was built, or which Emperor commissioned it, baths always contained the same style of rooms. 

Thermae: this word refers to the bath complexes themselves. It is usually used in relation to Imperial bath complexes. 

The bath complexes had three main rooms: the frigidariumthe tepidarium and the caldaium

The atrium: the first room that a Roman may encounter in the bath complex. It may have been used as an exercise ground. 

The apodyterium: the room where Roman visitors would undress before entering the baths. Slaves would be in charge of looking after the clothes. 

The frigidarium: a room which had a cold plunge pool

The tepidarium: a warm bath where bathers would come to sweat. This room allowed them to transition between the frigidarium adn teh caldarium. Since it was a room to simply sit in, the tepidarium was often one of the most decorated rooms in a Roman bath. 

The caldarium: a hot bath 

The palaestra: an outside exercise ground. Men could exercise here, for example weights and discus's have been found from this area. Men could cover their bodies in oil, which would then be removed, along with the dirt from their skin, with an instrument called a strigil. 

A bath complex may even have a steam room (similar to the modern sauna). 

Bathing complexes may also have a slightly smaller set of baths for women. 

Hebe B. A Level Classical Civilisation tutor, GCSE Classical Civilisa...

7 months ago

Answered by Hebe, an A Level Classical Civilisation tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

11 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£20 /hr

Robert T.

Degree: Classics (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: Classical Civilisation, Latin+ 1 more

Classical Civilisation
Latin
-Personal Statements-

“About Me I am a Classics student at Durham University, and I absolutely love talking to people aboutLatin and Classics in general - I hope you leave our sessions feeling just as passionate as I do! With plenty of experience tutor...”

MyTutor guarantee

£22 /hr

Aimee K.

Degree: Ancient & Modern History (Bachelors) - Oxford, Magdalen College University

Subjects offered: Classical Civilisation, Maths+ 8 more

Classical Civilisation
Maths
History
Extended Project Qualification
English and World Literature
English Literature
.HAT.
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“Hey there! I am an Ancient & Modern History student at Magdalen College, Oxford University and I absolutely love history and studies to do with culture and literature.  I am a big believer in providing students with the best groundin...”

£20 /hr

Toby R.

Degree: Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisations (Bachelors) - University College London University

Subjects offered: Classical Civilisation, Law+ 1 more

Classical Civilisation
Law
Geography

“About Me I'm Toby and I'm a second year student at UCL studying Classical archaeology and Classical Civilisations. Outside of this my interests include music, I write and perform my own, sports (Massive Arsenal Fan), socialising with ...”

About the author

Hebe B.

Currently unavailable: for regular students

Degree: Ancient History (Bachelors) - Birmingham University

Subjects offered: Classical Civilisation, Extended Project Qualification+ 1 more

Classical Civilisation
Extended Project Qualification
-Personal Statements-

“About me: I am a third year student at the University of Birmingham studying Ancient History. I fell in love with Classical Civilisation when I was introduced to the subject at 13 years old and that passion has led me to studying it a...”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Posts by Hebe

Briefly describe the rooms a Roman would have expected to see in a typical set of baths

In the Odyssey, how did Circe trap some of Odysseus' men?

Other A Level Classical Civilisation questions

How should I approach an essay question on Greek/ Roman Theatre?

To what extent are the roles of women in the Iliad important?

How are you qualified to teach Classical Civilisation at A Level?

‘The real tragic hero in Sophocles’ Antigone is Creon, not Antigone herself.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

View A Level Classical Civilisation tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok