How it was done
Roman public toilets were a room with benches along the walls. Holes were cut into the seats and the front of the bench at a distance of about 40 cm from each other. One thing is clear for what, and through the second they put a stick with a sponge on the end – they wiped themselves (in the center of the room there were grooves along which water ran, sponges were rinsed there). Where did running water come from? The latrines were usually placed next to the baths, so that the water from them washed off sewage into the general sewer.
There were no partitions between the seats; visitors could communicate with each other, which they did with pleasure. By the way, in one of the episodes of the mini-series “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” Quintus Lentulius Batiatus is just talking to people in the public restroom. Ugly antiquity: what happened at the rich revels of that time.
Scientists agree that such toilets were used by representatives of the Roman “middle class”. The too poor couldn't find the money to pay for entry, and the too rich didn't have to share a bathroom with strangers—they had their own. Therefore, appropriate conversations were conducted here: one could hear a new verse, the latest political news, receive an invitation to an event, make a business meeting.
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