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Roman Baths of Caracalla
At the Baths of Caracalla, bathing was just the tip of the iceberg. Adorned with mosaics, statues, and frescoes, the 26-acre complex boasted libraries, meeting rooms, sports facilities, a park, and an Olympic-size pool.
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The ruins of the colossal Baths of Caracalla (ca 235 CE) in Rome, one of antiquity’s largest and best-preserved bath complexes (thermae), produced exquisite mosaics, frescoes, and marble statuary now part of the Farnese holdings at Naples Archaeological Museum.

This architectural wonder boasted one of the world’s earliest major dome structures, plus soaring columned spaces that continue to inspire modern design. Along with multiple baths ranging from cool to hot and a near-Olympic size pool, the complex boasted amenities such as lecture halls, libraries (one each for Latin and Greek), shops, a food court, parkland, and athletics pitches with audience seating for thousands.

Image credit: "The Baths of Caracalla" by Virgilio Mattoni de la Fuente Spanish 1881; also known as "The Court of Caligula." This painting was awarded the Second Medal at the 1881 National Exhibition of Fine Arts.

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The ruins of the colossal Baths of Caracalla (ca 235 CE) in Rome, one of antiquity’s largest and best-preserved bath complexes (thermae), produced exquisite mosaics, frescoes, and marble statuary now part of the Farnese holdings at Naples Archaeological Museum.

This architectural wonder boasted one of the world’s earliest major dome structures, plus soaring columned spaces that continue to inspire modern design. Along with multiple baths ranging from cool to hot and a near-Olympic size pool, the complex boasted amenities such as lecture halls, libraries (one each for Latin and Greek), shops, a food court, parkland, and athletics pitches with audience seating for thousands.

Image credit: "The Baths of Caracalla" by Virgilio Mattoni de la Fuente Spanish 1881; also known as "The Court of Caligula." This painting was awarded the Second Medal at the 1881 National Exhibition of Fine Arts.

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Rome; Baths; Thermae; Leisure; Technology; Architecture; Archaeology; Classics; Caracalla; Econom; economy; Sex; Hygiene; Arts; Culture; History; Health; Sport; Philosophy; Society; Technology; Politics; Travel; Place; Activity; Invention
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