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Public Toilets in Ephesus, Turkey

You might snicker when you see 48 toilet holes cut into three marble benches adjacent to Scholastica Baths. These were public toilets for men (the women’s version remains undiscovered). The latrine was used by the poor who could not afford their own facilities. Yet, they were given unexpected luxuries such as mosaic floors, running water, a temperature-controlled room (cooled in summer, heated in the winter) and cleaning tools consisting of a sponge on a stick (xylospongium). At the other extreme, the wealthy had running water and sewerage at home. Some required their slaves to warm the toilet seats before using them.

Public Toilets in Ephesus, Turkey

Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey


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