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Anointment room, Thermal baths (Photo Archive)

Anointment room

Where the bathers were anointed with oil and perfume Thermal baths / Villa Romana del Casale / Piazza Armerina / Sicily / Italy

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The anointment room is a small room of passage between the frigidarium and the tepidarium in the thermal baths of the Villa Romana del Casale.

The room has probably been used for anointment of the bathers with perfumed oil after the hot baths.

The mosaic in the room show in the upper part a person being anointed by slaves while other slaves in the lower part carry the utensils for the ointment of the bathers. Two of the slaves below appear to be named Titus and Cassius.

This mosaic has been damaged in antiquity as there are clearly visible repairs from the byzantine period. The repairs are of a notable lower quality than the original work.

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