Public Baths of Ephesus

Public Baths of Ephesus

There were several baths in Ephesus Ancient City. Today the most visible ones are the ”Basilica Baths” on the upper entrance of Ephesus and ”Scholastica Baths” in the middle of Ephesus. Lower baths are much better preserved than any other baths in the ancient city. Taking a bath was not a simple chore. There was not one bath to use in a large complex such as the one at Bath. A visitor could use a cold bath (the frigidarium), a warm bath (the tepidarium), and a hot bath (the caldarium). A visitor would spend some of his time in each one before leaving. A large complex would also contain an exercise area (the palaestra), a swimming pool, and a gymnasium. One of the public baths at Pompeii contains two tepidariums and a caldarium along with a plunge pool and a large exercise area.

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