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The archaeology of sanitation in Roman Italy : toilets, sewers, and water systems

Author: Ann-Olga Koloski-Ostrow
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
Series: Studies in the history of Greece and Rome
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Romans developed sophisticated methods for managing hygiene, including aqueducts for moving water from one place to another, sewers for removing used water from baths and runoff from walkways and roads, and public and private latrines. Through the archeological record, graffiti, sanitation-related paintings, and literature, Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow explores this little-known world of bathrooms and sewers,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ann-Olga Koloski-Ostrow
ISBN: 1469623269 9781469623269 1469621282 9781469621289
OCLC Number: 939964620
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: An introduction to sanitation in Roman Italy and urban case studies of the best-preserved public latrines --
"Black holes" in ancient space : exploring hygiene and sanitation through cross-cultural anthropology and archaeological theory --
Understanding Roman sanitation from archaeology : toilets, sewers, and water systems --
Pinpointing behaviors, attitudes, and ideals for Roman toilets --
Finding social meaning about sanitation in written and painted sources.
Series Title: Studies in the history of Greece and Rome
Responsibility: Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow.

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"The Romans developed sophisticated methods for managing hygiene, including aqueducts for moving water from one place to another, sewers for removing used water from baths and runoff from walkways and roads, and public and private latrines. Through the archeological record, graffiti, sanitation-related paintings, and literature, Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow explores this little-known world of bathrooms and sewers, offering unique insights into Roman sanitation, engineering, urban planning and development, hygiene, and public health. Focusing on the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, and Rome, Koloski-Ostrow's work challenges common perceptions of Romans' social customs, beliefs about health, tolerance for filth in their cities, and attitudes toward privacy. In charting the complex history of sanitary customs from the late republic to the early empire, Koloski-Ostrow reveals the origins of waste removal technologies and their implications for urban health, past and present."

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A spirited, insightful, and eagerly-awaited monograph. . . . Effectively makes the case for an interdisciplinary approach to toilets and sanitation in any time period.--Classical Journal Extremely Read more...

 
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