Toilets, Hygiene, and Sewers

Here is a new mini-series on Roman hygiene, including the vexed question of whether the Romans used a sponge on a stick to clean themselves after using the bathroom. Also, we feature a bit on the hygenic practices of the outrageous character Trimalchio, plus a bit on Roman baths!

Ostia Latrine
The famous latrine in Ostia, with water channel in front. Photo by R. Scott Smith.