Thursday, June 14, 2012

What Do You Know About Roman Latrine Etiquette?

That's basically the question I received in email. The person writing wanted to know what was etiquette for slaves. Random readings around the Internet mention Ephesian slaves warming the stone seats in advance for their masters and poor people using basically midden heaps, but the actual question — as to whether Roman slaves could use the public latrines — eluded me. I received the suggestion to consult (BMCR Review)

but I don't have access to it. Here's what I do have on Roman hygiene and related topics: