The Genesis of the Roman Public Bath: Recent Approaches and Future Directions

  title={The Genesis of the Roman Public Bath: Recent Approaches and Future Directions},
  author={Garrett G. Fagan},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={403 - 426}
  • G. Fagan
  • Published 1 July 2001
  • History
  • American Journal of Archaeology
The problem of the origins and early development of the Roman public bath has proven an intractable one for classical archaeologists. In the absence of hard ancient evidence, many modern propositions have been put forward to explain the process of development. In this paper, the six most influential of these approaches are presented and critiqued for their strengths and weaknesses. It is found that none is sufficient in itself to explain the appearance of the Roman-style bath but that most… 
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