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A Lasting Reminder of the Oldest Profession

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Brothel-distance
One of the best remnants of Roman ruins in Ephesus is this Brothel

I recently posted about the unique Roman toilets here. The toilets are part of a massive complex called the State Agora in Ephesus, Turkey. One of the main streets is Marble Street, which is covered with guess what? That’s right: Marble slabs, as far as the eye can see! One of the marble slabs looks like this: Read the rest of this entry »

You know about the Roman Baths , but do you know about the Roman Loo?

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Roman Baths in Ephesus
Roman Baths in Ephesus

The Romans were fond of their baths and everywhere they conquered and settled they built remarkable communal baths. These baths were centers of socialization and health treatments and usually consisted of several huge pools of varying temperatures. Their ruins still stand all over Europe and the Mediterranean today. Mr. M and I have seen the remnants of Roman baths from England to Ephesus (Turkey). Everyone has heard about these Roman  baths and how ingenious the heating of the caldarium and tepidarium was. But I found that the communal Roman loo (toilet) was really amazing. Yes, communal bathrooms! Those Romans were REALLY social! Read the rest of this entry »