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Bathing in Public in the Roman World Hardcover – May, 1999
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It *is* a scholarly book. I expected it to be full of footnotes and appendices -- and it is. But I found the text engaging and the facts fascinating -- and the subject thoroughly covered. I come away from the book with a clear idea of the who the bathers were, how they bathed, what else they did in the baths and the importance of bathing in their society. Other books I;ve looked at on this subject focus mainly on architecture and aquaducts, but this book answers the questions about ancient baths that I'm interested in -- the people-related questions, and does so with intelligence and a dose of dry humor.
I bought Prof. Fagan's book after being captivated by his history lectures on audio CDs. I liked the book a lot - a very thorough and engaging presentation of the topic. I wholeheartedly agree with many positive remarks by earlier reviewers. One of the reviewers complained about too many references - well, man, just skip them! The book itself is only about 200 pages before footnotes and reads very well.