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Baths and bathing in classical antiquity
Yegül, Fikret K., 1941-
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Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Architectural History Foundation ; Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1995.

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ix, 501 pages : illustrations, map ; 28 cm
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DG97 .Y45 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
DG97 .Y45 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This text provides an analysis of the architectural evidence of the role of baths and bathing in classical civilization. It considers bath building as one of the most significant architectural types of antiquity and bathing as a richly revealing social custom.

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Yerg"ul began to study the Roman bath in Asia Minor 20 years ago and has gradually expanded his focus to include its origins in Greece and in Italian folk medicine, its flowering in Rome, its spread to North Africa and Syria, its continuation in Byzantium, and its final incarnation as the Turkish bath. All this is presented in his splended work, a model of how archeological data can be brought together to illuminate the character and structure of a society. There is no comparable study in English. The text is illustrated with 550 figures plans and photographs supplemented by 50 pages of notes. Sturdy binding, high quality paper, and attractive typography combine to make this an impressive book. Readers will learn that the bath was the central institution of the urban leisure classes, a place where one could converse on philosophic subjects and be assured by the best medical authorities that this was a healthful form of mild exercise. Under Greek influence, Augustus added gymnastic facilities and the result was a gentlemen's club, a distinctive feature of the life of the ruling class in the Western provinces of the Empire. This book is not only a contribution to architectural history but also a guide to the life of the Roman world. Highest recommendation. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. R. I. Frank; University of California, Irvine