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

Ann Koloski-Ostrow


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 archaeological record, graffiti, sanitation-related paintings, and literature, this book 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, this work chall ... More

Keywords: Romans, hygiene, aqueducts, graffiti, sanitation, bathrooms, sewers, urban planning, public health, Roman social customs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469621289
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621289.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Koloski-Ostrow, author