After a morning's walk at the office or shop,
most Roman's enjoyed spending the afternoon at the thermae or public bath. Men
and women enjoyed coming to the baths not only to get clean but also to meet with friends,
exercise, or read at the library.
|Generally, Romans would first go to the unctuarium
where they had oil rubbed onto their skin and would then exercise in one of the exercise
yards. From here they would move to the tepidarium or warm room where they would
lie around chatting with their friends. Next, it was on to the caldarium ,
similar to aTurkish bath, hot and steamy. Here they sat and perspired, scraping their skin
with a strigil, a curved metal tool. Attendants would serve them snacks and
drinks. Finally came a dip in the calidarium.