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Exploding toilets, diseased baths and flooding cesspits: how civilised were the Romans?

While all-conquering empire spread sanitation far and wide, Romans didn’t use soap and didn’t understand how parasites spread – and we don’t know how often the bathwater was changed

14 Jul 2016 - 11:51AM

While all-conquering empire spread sanitation far and wide, Romans didn’t use soap and didn’t understand how parasites spread – and we don’t know how often the bathwater was changed

Exploding toilets, diseased baths and flooding cesspits: how civilised were the Romans?