Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An apartment in Greek and Roman baths, or in the palæstra, etc., where the bathers or those taking part in gymnastic exercises undressed and dressed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anc. Arch.) The apartment at the entrance of the baths, or in the palestra, where one stripped; a dressing room.

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  • noun architecture, historical The apartment at the entrance of the baths, or in the palestra, for getting undressed.

Etymologies

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Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀποδυτήριον (apodutērion), from ἀποδύω (apoduō, "strip oneself").

Examples

  • This week in the western part of the same large space (the so-called apodyterium A 2 section) we completely excavated the second niche from the west in the room's south wall.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Roman Baths Report 6

  • 'apodyterium', the primary entry in the public baths in ancient Rome.

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  • After paying the small fee something akin to the price of renting a DVD today, you enter the apodyterium, the dressing room, where you disrobe, put your clothes on a shelf or in a small cubbylike locker, and head off to the palestra, gymnasium, wearing a light subligaculum, undergarment—only the silly Greeks exercise naked.

    Flushed

  • These are famous for having a changing room apodyterium which appears to number its clothes lockers unconventionally, each one with a different erotic painting.

    How to open locked doors at Pompeii

  • After paying the small fee something akin to the price of renting a DVD today, you enter the apodyterium, the dressing room, where you disrobe, put your clothes on a shelf or in a small cubbylike locker, and head off to the palestra, gymnasium, wearing a light subligaculum, undergarment—only the silly Greeks exercise naked.

    Flushed

  • This week we exposed the east wall, thus far made of brick layers, of the apodyterium and the private (?) caldarium section to the south of it.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos 2003 - Roman Baths Report 3

  • That no wall separating the two spaces can be identified and that the width of their rectangular niches is identical, suggests that one is dealing here with a single giant apodyterium of nearly 42.5 m (east-west) by 15 m (north-south).

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos 2003 - Roman Baths Report 6

  • South of these slabs, we exposed an opus sectile panel made of larger octagonals, squares and triangles than those of the same type of floor in the apodyterium section unearthed last year.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos 2003 - Roman Baths Report 6

  • Another 295 cubic meters of rubble and brick fragments will have to come out before we reach the floor level of three rooms in this area: the eastern sections of the apodyterium with its opus sectile floor and of a private (?) bath section north of the sixth-century caldarium II (previously functioning as a "Kaisersaal," connected with the imperial representation), as well as the western section of another room farther east.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos 2003 - Roman Baths Report 3

  • The east wall of the apodyterium and the private (?) caldarium II section emerges from the debris.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos 2003 - Roman Baths Report 3

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  • Well and fully dressed with vowels! One might say 'dressed to a T'

    November 15, 2010

  • "Apodyterium where women and adolescent girls shine, beauty assured, prey ravished the previous night from beyond the medina's boundary, in the new quarter, Rue de Serbie between the central market and the train station, behind the French Embassy, hair salon for well-born ladies, mistresses, and high society insiders, antechamber of the State, orgiastic pleasure palace, sex without despair, consume now, pay later, hairdresser as madam, inventing new couplings then undoing them, cashing in, or not, on the goodwill of bodies, we merge into sex for sale, soft bed for softer breasts, finding mother in woman, ignoring her fervor, offering ourselves up as products of exchange: generosity that reifies what little remains of the body, experimenting with the self as other; backsliding patriarchs, recalcitrant Messalinas: get back to the vengeful Bedouin Eros, squall that leaves nothing behind but a body now neutralized; women, split from your new alliances, surrender yourselves as demons even more debased than your city-dwelling sisters, take on the roving eye and daring of men: woman is an other."

    Talismano by Abdelwahab Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 213 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    October 1, 2011