Copy of a stone plaque from a Roman bath, made in Europe, 1901-1950

Made:
44-43 BCE; 1901-1950 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Cast of insindered stone plaque recording the building of a solarium at the Roman baths at Carthage, 44-43BC

Washing and cleansing were significant parts of everyday Roman life. The original plaque, of which this is a copy, was found at Qurbus, Tunisia. It recorded the building of a solarium or sun-bathing terrace at the Roman baths in Carthage, in 44-43 BCE.

The translation of the inscription is “Decimus Laelius Balbus, son of Decimus, Quaestor for the Praetor, has attended the building of the sweating rooms [sauna], of the massage chamber and the solarium”.

A quaestor and a praetor are Roman governmental officers.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A635515
type:
plaque
taxonomy:

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