History of Bathing: The Romans

History of Bathing: The Romans

The Roman Empire bestowed us with many great ideas which are still in use today. For a moment we’d like to forget about sewage systems, sanitation, and concrete to instead focus on our favourite Roman activity: bathing.

Bathing was one of the most common daily activities in Roman culture and was practised across a wide variety of social classes. So important was bathing to the Roman citizenry that a catalogue of buildings in Rome in 354 AD documented 952 baths of various sizes within the city.

Bathhouses, or thermae if you want to sound posh, were the Roman equivalent of community centres; a place for conversation, reading, exercise & political canvassing. (We’re thankful that bathing has become a much more private affair - we can’t think of anything worse than being accosted by your local MP whilst you try to relax in the tub)

With the expansion of the Roman Empire, the idea of the public bath spread to all parts of the Mediterranean and into regions of Europe and North Africa. (No points for guessing where the city of Bath gets its name).

We're sure that after a long campaign in Gaul and Britain, Julius Caesar would love nothing more than to unwind with our Benefit Bath Bundle.