TepidariumThe warm baths Thermal baths / Villa Romana del Casale / Piazza Armerina / Sicily / Italy
The warm bath is where sweat and dirt is washed and scraped off.
The room is elongated with apses at the ends. It was a heated room, by means of two external ovens, the praefurnia. The suspensurae, the columns now visible, held the elevated floor and allowed hot air from the praefurnia to flow freely below.
The mosaics in the tepidarium has been damaged a lot with the collapse of the major parts of the floor. Only a few fragments remain, but it appear to have shown athletic scenes. Various body parts can be recognised, mostly legs, but also some persons with shields and a protective armour on one arm.
Prints of the photographs are available — read more here.
The pictures above are taken in the following locations:
- Anointment room - Where the bathers were anointed with oil and perfume (Thermal baths, Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy)
- Calidaria - The hot baths or steam baths (Thermal baths, Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy)
- Praefurnia - The ovens used for heating the warm and hot baths (Thermal baths, Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy)
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