from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In Rom. archæol., a vapor-bath; a chamber in a bathing-establishment warmed by means of air artificially heated: so called because the Laconians used such a dry or sudorific bath, avoiding the use of warm water as enervating.
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- noun A
hot dry sweating room, next to the caldariumin a Roman baths
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These are red, as is also the cornice and ceiling of the laconicum, which is worked in stucco with little figures of boys and animals.
Here it is necessary to refer to the words of Vitruvius as explanatory of the structure of the apartments (cap.xi. lib. v.): "Here should be placed the vaulted sweating-room, twice the length of its width, which should have at each extremity, on one end the _laconicum_, made as described above, on the other end the hot bath."
This apartment is exactly as described, twice the length of its width, exclusively of the laconicum at one end and the hot bath at the other.
The room in its general arrangement resembles the hot bath of the men; it has a labrum in the laconicum, and a hot bath contiguous to the furnace.
These two rooms, in neither of which was there a bathing vessel, show that frequently rooms thus named were not intended for bathing, but simply to preserve two intermediate gradations of temperature, between the burning heat of the caldarium or laconicum and the open air.
It had on one side the laconicum, containing the vase called labrum.
She listened for a short time to the voices and laughter which retreated in the direction of the laconicum.
Egyptian byssus, and with hands dipped in perfumed olive oil began to rub his shapely body; and he waited with closed eyes till the heat of the laconicum and the heat of their hands passed through him and expelled weariness.
_laconicum_ (sweat-room) serves as the porch to the present church.