A little personal luxury: the bath house at Denton villa

Of all of the structures we know about in Roman Lincolnshire, the bath house at Denton villa is one of my personal favourites. The small bath house, associated with a modest villa and large enough for only a couple of people to use at once, speaks at a more personal level than the grandest country houses and large public baths evidenced at other sites. Continue reading

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Interior decoration at Lincoln’s Roman baths

Bath houses are ubiquitously Roman structures – part of the suite of public buildings that defined a Roman town and indicative of an attitude to cleanliness and socialising that became one of Rome’s primary cultural exports. Only one public bath house is currently known in Lincoln, though it is possible that others await discovery. Excavated in the late 1950s, the complex is only partially understood and has never been published, but I want to focus here on the evidence we have of the interior decoration of the floors and walls of its various rooms. Continue reading