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Bathing in antiquity elevates a prosaic functionality to the extent of a civic establishment for which there's no counterpart in modern tradition. Enriched through over 500 illustrations, lots of them through the author, Baths and Bathing in Classical Antiquity is an enormous sourcebook for this historical establishment. via thousands of examples, it experiences and analyzes the constitution, functionality, and layout of baths, looking to combine their structure with the broader social and cultural customized of bathing, and analyzing particularly the adjustments this practice underwent in overdue Antiquity and in Byzantine and Islamic cultures.

Yegul explores the complexities of historical bathing from numerous issues of view. Sociologically, the baths with their sizeable attraction for all degrees of society - have been obvious because the epitome of democratic beliefs and associations. Politically, they supplied the right automobile of propaganda: their lavish and sumptuous interiors mirrored the may possibly and prosperity of the Roman empire and the obvious generosity of the emperor himself.

Architecturally, baths are on the forefront within the improvement of Roman construction know-how. the various earliest makes use of of concrete as a development fabric and the main leading edge functions of the aesthetics of concrete - daring, curvilinear types, vaults, and domes concerned tub constructions. as a result of their prestige as transition among basically utilitarian constructions and the extra conservative, conventional kinds of public and spiritual structure, the baths helped to propagate and make appropriate new principles and new kinds in architecture.

Fikret okay. Yegul is a practising architect, Professor of the historical past of structure, and Chair of the paintings heritage division on the collage of California at Santa Barbara.

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