In this court, advertisements for the theatre, or other announcements of general interest, were posted up, one of which, announcing a gladiatorial show, still remains. A passage (s) leads into the apodyterium (B), a room for undressing in which all visitors must have met before entering the baths proper.
Here, the bathers removed their clothing, which was taken in charge by slaves known as capsarii, notorious in ancient times for their dishonesty.
The chamber was lighted by a glass window, and had six doors.
One of these led to the tepidarium (D) and another to the frigidarium (C), with its cold plunge-bath (referred to as loutron, natatio, natatorium, piscina, baptisterium or puteus; the terms "natatio" and "natatorium" suggest that some of those baths were also swimming pools).
Pliny also, in the same sentence, makes use of the neuter plural balnea for public, and of balneum for a private bath.
from the Greek adjective thermos, "hot") meant properly warm springs, or baths of warm water; but came to be applied to those magnificent edifices which grew up under the empire, in place of the simple balneae of the republic, and which comprised within their range of buildings all the appurtenances belonging to the Greek gymnasia, as well as a regular establishment appropriated for bathing.
The whole building comprises a double set of baths, one for men and the other for women.
It has six different entrances from the street, one of which (b) gives admission to the smaller women's set only.
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In ancient Rome, thermae (from Greek θερμός thermos, "hot") and balneae (from Greek βαλανεῖον balaneion) were facilities for bathing.
Roman bath-houses were also provided for private villas, town houses, and forts.