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Thermae
(4,525 words)

[1] Baths

[German version]

I. Etymology and definition

Thermae (fem. pl.) is a Latinization and substantivization of the Greek adjective θερμός/thermós, 'warm'. The word was used in its Latinized form to describe a bathing establishment, and subsequently passed back into the Greek language in this sense. As in Classical Antiquity, modern scholarship has no precise definition of 'thermal baths' (TB), although it has for the smaller baths (balnea). TB are normally defined as large, public bathing esta…

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Nielsen, Inge (Hamburg) and Meister, Klaus (Berlin), “Thermae”, 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 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_brill14065>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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