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The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman ItalyToilets, Sewers, and Water Systems$
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Ann Koloski-Ostrow

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621289

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621289.001.0001

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An Introduction to Sanitation in Roman Italy and Urban Case Studies of the Best-Preserved Public Latrines

An Introduction to Sanitation in Roman Italy and Urban Case Studies of the Best-Preserved Public Latrines

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(p.1) 1 An Introduction to Sanitation in Roman Italy and Urban Case Studies of the Best-Preserved Public Latrines
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The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy
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Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621289.003.0001

This introductory chapter presents an overview of the nature of the existing archaeological evidence for Roman toilets, including various sizes, types, locations for these facilities, their builders, and their client users. It suggests a number of important points for future water research that directly affects this study and future studies of ancient urban infrastructures outside of Roman Italy. The quality of the archaeological remains examined here leads to a much needed step toward an appreciation for the engineering of Roman sewer networks, toilets, and Roman beliefs about hygiene. In order to shed light on the realities of Roman sanitation, one must look at the dark and unsightly places and shatter some age-old illusions along the way.

Keywords:   Roman toilets, water research, ancient urban infrastructure, Roman sewer networks, Roman hygiene beliefs, Roman sanitation

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