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A. Terminology and definition

In Greek baths were called βαλανεῖον (balaneîon) or λουτρόν (loutrón), in Latin lavatrina, balneum, balnea, balnae. In the Graeco-Roman period there were private baths in dwelling houses as well as public baths, whilst in the ancient Orient only private baths were known. The public baths were mostly privately owned and rather modest in size; for the monumental public baths, see  Thermae [1].

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B. Greece

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Nielsen, Inge (Hamburg), “Baths”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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