The Roman baths were a complex of different pools and SPA facilities. One of the central rooms was known as caldarium where a hot plunge bath took place. A huge heating system (hypocaust) was used to warm the room as well as the hot basins. The ancient Romans regularly immersed in the hot pools and even alternated it with immersing in cold water pools in an adjacent room.
Harpastum was a form of a small ball game played in the Roman Empire. Galen recommended it as a better way of exercising the whole body than doing wrestling or running. Little is known about its rules, but the game was quite violent as some players could end up with broken legs. Some think that harpastum was the ancestor of the modern rugby.
Fresco from the Villa dei Mysterii, Pompeii. The word mystery comes from the Greek verbs μύω - “to close, to be shut.” As it could denote the shutting of any opening, it also often described the closing of the mouth. The verb is linked with the taboo imposed in ancient mystery cults to initiates not to reveal aspects of the initiation process.
In the Roman times, bathing was not just a hygienic procedure but a social event where people met each other, relaxed and indulged in different SPA treatments.
Los lares, en la antigüedad, eran considerados dioses del hogar. Se decía que eran espíritus de las personas difuntas de una familia y también espíritus de hombres honrados.
Tepidarium (from the Latin adjective tepidus – “moderately warm, lukewarm”) – warm room with heated floors and walls. The warmth of the tepidarium relaxed the human body and prepared it for the bathing procedures.
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