First: the Romans appear to have been especially concerned with public hygiene, at least in comparison to most other ancient civilizations. First, what does the word or concept of hygiene mean to you? What is one thing you associate with a lack of hygiene? Then, what are two examples of Roman technology from this week’s course materials that show a strong concern for hygiene? How do they work? How do they demonstrate that the Romans were concerned with hygiene? It’s also been said that the Romans were interested in presenting themselves to rest of the world as hygienic. What is one example of something the Romans built outside of the city of Rome itself that could be seen as “advertising” Rome as a hygienic civilization?
Then: the argument could be made that the urban distribution of water within the city of Rome served to uphold and reinforce existing social and economic distinctions; OR the argument could be made that the urban distribution of water within the city of Rome served to blur or decrease social and economic distinctions. Argue one of those two cases, using at least two examples showing the distribution of water in relation to the class system in ancient Rome from this week’s Humphrey chapter and videos.
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