Monthly Archives: September 2009

Scrub-a-dub-dub

A hamam, Turkısh bath, is an ancient ritual started in Roman times and continued during the Byzantine period.  Both man and women partook weekly in the bathing ritual and women, in particular, looked forward to the event as an opportunity to gossip, complain about husbands, … Continue reading

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Roman Fashion and the Russians

The Roman city of Hierapolis in modern day Turkey was built around a sacred pool that was believed to have healing powers.  The sprawling city was built by the king of Pergamum, Eumenes II, in 190 BC and remained in constant population … Continue reading

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