ed in Oriental countries, and traveled by the route of Egypt to Greece.
Homer mentions the use of the bath as an old custom.
From Greece they reached Rome, imported, as it is said, by Agrippa.
The thermae (hot baths) were very splendid, and adorned for a people who spent much leisure among the baths and their voluptuous accessories.
The marble group of Laocoon was found in 1506 in the Baths of Titus, erected about A. D. 80; and the Farnese Hercules in the Baths of Caracalla, erected A. D. 217.
A rollicking Greek thus writes: —
And lately baths, too, have been introduced, — things which formerly men would not have permitted to exist inside a city.
And Antiphanes points out their injurious character: —
Plague take the bath!
just see the plight In which the thing has left me; It seems t'have boil'd me up, and quite Of strength and nerve bereft me. Don't touch me!
Curst was he who taught a Man to soak in boiling water! Athenoeus, Epit.
B. I. 32
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