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The Romans developed sophisticated methods for managing hygiene including aueducts 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 uniue 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

10 thoughts on “The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy: Toilets, Sewers, and Water Systems

  1. says:

    The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy Toilets Sewers and Water Systems by Ann Olga Koloski Ostrow is a survey of Roman sanitary practices customs and so on based mostly on archaeological evidence and Roman Literature The study looks at the design and proliferation of waste water systems in Roman Italy as well as the socio cultural implications of the design placement and usage of toilets and latrines in Ancient Rome Koloski Ostrow has done a good job listing some of the sites of waste systems She notes the placement of latrines usually ground level for sewer access and compares the design of public and private toilets in different locations in Italy Generally public toilets were dark probably stank and reserved for the poorer Romans Private toilets were often out of the way in a household and disconnected from the sphere of wealthy Romans Public baths usually had connecting latrines for their clients to use and some of these public latrines were beautifully decorated and had access to running water The social and cultural aspects of sewage and waste systems in Rome are also examined Koloski Ostrow first decries the lack of study on waste water systems in Roman urban environments and notes it is an important field of study to create a holistic picture of Roman urban planning and municipal administration The placement of latrines is examined to try and deduce common attributes and glean information on planning guidelines in Rome but their is scant evidence to indicate any concrete commonalities which the author notes The use of latrines as vectors for public health is discussed but no concrete evidence can be gleaned It is almost certain that a waste system existed in Roman societies in Italy but the extent and sophistication of said systems is difficult to determine past the archaeological front Certainly Roman society used advanced techniues to transfer store and utilize water resources and these systems were almost certainly involved in waste disposal However societies did not necessarily connect human waste to disease until modern times and Koloski Ostrow cautions against jumping to conclusions based on modern Western conceptions of waste systems All in all this was a vary niche but interesting survey of Roman water systems and their use for waste disposal in Roman Italy Their is interesting points to consider here on urban planning and design environmental systems and societal conceptions of waste cleanliness and disposal It is interesting to think what it would have been like to be standing in a city like Ostia or Pompeii or Rome and the sights and terrible smells emanating all around Koloski Ostow has certainly done a highly academic job in describing and chronicling all that we know on waste disposal techniues in Roman Italy A small complaint is the lack of background detail Koloski Ostrow does offer some descriptors to the reader to bring them up to speed on locations and such but certainly a background understanding of Roman Italy is needed to comprehend some of the material in this book as well as knowledge on public works However this is a small concern and on the whole Koloski Ostrow has written an interesting book on Roman water systems and sewage Can be recommended for those interested deeply in ancient Rome and Roman society as this is certainly one of the in depth sides to examine its history Who knew that books on ancient sewage could be so interesting?

  2. says:

    Overall a good book if somewhat short I was hoping for a deeper dive into the Cloaca Maxima and the engineering of Roman sewer systems in general however the majority of the book focuses on toilets and Roman attitudes regarding them Nonetheless the book was well written and a fairly easy read A third of the book is taken up with photos and illustrations The Kindle version does not contain links for the photos and illustrations

  3. says:

    A bookon Roman toilet useReally fascinating I recommend itIt covers physical archeology wall art accounts satire and graffitiThere are related plates for visuals