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  • n. A warm room in a Roman baths that was usually heated by a hypocaust

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the ancient Roman baths, an apartment heated to a certain temperature to prepare the body for the great heat of the hot and vapor baths, or to serve as a palliative to the cold of the frigidarium; also, the boiler in which the water was heated for the hot bath.


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  • The Roman-style baths include an apodypterium , or changing room; a tepidarium , or warm room; and a caldarium , or hot room, along with a domed chamber for housing firewood.

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  • A layer of “dark earth” containing charcoal and bits of animal bone had accumulated to a depth of 1 foot 30 cm over the tepidarium floor, implying a considerable period of residential occupation.

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  • Next you take a quick plunge in the cold pools of the frigidarium or, if feeling weak of heart, cool off more gradually in the tepidarium.


  • There were usually three different types of rooms available in the bath: the caldarium, the tepidarium, and the frigidarium.


  • To the left of the Hellenic gate is the palaestra, an open area where young athletes would have exercised, and behind this is the Roman bath, divided as usual into frigidarium, caldarium, and tepidarium, depending on the temperature of the water.

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  • The dark room was the tepidarium, a moist oozing arched den, with a light faintly streaming from an orifice in the domed ceiling.

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  • During the sixth century A.D., when the Kaisersaal (used for representing and worshiping the imperial family) had lost its function and was transformed into a larger caldarium, the new caldarium of 2006 was turned into a heating room, one of the tubs becoming a praefurnium, whereas the tepidarium continued to exist.

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  • This means that the baths had a double sequence of caldarium, tepidarium and frigidarium: one along the west and north side (for the women?) and one along the east and south side (for the men?).

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Introduction 2007

  • The northern half of the Roman Baths thus seems to have been composed, from west to east of a tepidarium attached to caldarium I, a possibly open shaft linking the building's different floor levels (see introduction), an apodyterium and a private room both connected with caldarium II farther south, the new room discovered this week, the room with the curved brick wall niche, and the northern room with six ashlar piers.

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