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Hypocaust System in Ostia

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Bathing in Ancient Rome was a critical aspect of everyday life for citizens as it allowed them the opportunity to exercise, clean themselves, buy food, and most importantly to socialize. Incredibly, the Romans constructed a way to create a calidarium, or hot bath, through the use of a hypocaust system. Hypocaust translates to "heat from below,"…

Baths of Caracalla

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The Baths of Caracalla are massive thermae baths initially built by Septimius Severus and then ultimately completed by Caracalla in the early 3rd century AD. The Baths are constructed out of brick faced concrete and marble with pleasant mosaics covering the Baths' floor. With the strategic placement of heating pools and the presence of hypocaust,…