Ancient Plumbing Disaster

When you think of ancient plumbing everyone remembers Rome. But did you know a slightly less famous city actually had a more elaborate system?

Pompeii had public baths as early as the 4th Century BC, whereas Rome itself did not have them until the time of Augustus (late 1st Century BC). They assumed a character like the Greek gymnasium, but incorporated advances which we can still appreciate today. The community of Pompeii was finishing one the grandest bathhouse ever built when Mount Vesuvius exploded in 79 AD, giving us a remarkable view of a different way of living life.

Makes you wonder if Vesuvius hadn’t erupted, perhaps we’d have flying mobile space toilets by now  😉


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