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The archaeology of sanitation in Roman Italy : toilets, sewers, and water systems / Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow.

By: Koloski-Ostrow, Ann Olga [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Studies in the history of Greece and Rome.Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2015]Description: xxiv, 286 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781469621289 (cloth : alkaline paper).Subject(s): Sanitary engineering -- Rome -- History | Sanitation -- Rome -- History | Public toilets -- Rome -- History | Sewerage -- Rome -- History | Water-supply -- Rome -- History | City and town life -- Rome -- History | City planning -- Rome -- History | Public health -- Rome -- History | Italy -- Antiquities, Roman | Italy -- Social life and customs -- To 1500DDC classification: 628.0937 KOL Scope and content: "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"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"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"--Provided by publisher.

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