Summary of Secrets Of The Roman Baths | And Why Swimming Is Banned!

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The Roman Baths are a site of historical interest, containing information about many aspects of Roman life. The video discusses the history of the site, including the legend of Prince Bladderd and the pigs, and the temple and springs built around it. It also mentions the curse tablets that were thrown into the springs by the Romans, and explains why swimming is now banned at the site.

  • 00:00:00 The Roman Baths in the city of Bath are a site of historical interest, with information about trendy hairstyles, sacrificial altars, front-page news discoveries, and more. The video discusses the history of the site, including the legend of Prince Bladderd and the pigs, and the temple and springs built around it.
  • 00:05:00 These curse tablets, which were thrown into the springs by the Romans, contain the names of people who have wronged the writer, as well as a message to the goddess Sulis Minerva. Some of these tablets are displayed in the museum stores, and one of them is a small sheet of lead with the names "British" and "V." The names might have been scratched in by the writer who didn't know who had done the wrong thing, or they were writing to the goddess in hope that she would take revenge on the wrongdoer.
  • 00:10:00 The Roman baths were a famous site for tourists and historians, but one of the secrets is that swimming is banned due to lead plumbing. The bath stone is very porous, and when it rains or is exposed to chemicals, it becomes damaged.
  • 00:15:00 The Roman Baths were a complex of baths and other buildings in Rome that were used for bathing, exercise, and relaxation. The baths were built around a natural spring and were surrounded by a lead-lined wall that formed a water-tight tank. The baths were later built with sophisticated drainage systems to stop the silt from building up. Seneca, a Roman philosopher and statesman, described what it was like living above a bath house in around 50 AD. The baths were too expensive for most Romans to have their own spa at home, so the baths were a popular tourist destination. The site remained a focal point for worship until the 4th century AD, when Christianity grew stronger and pagan religion was marginalized. In 391 AD, the emperor Theodosius ordered the closure of pagan temples throughout the empire, including the baths here. Within a century after the Romans left, the baths were in ruins.
  • 00:20:00 The Roman Baths were a site of great beauty and historical significance, but over time it fell out of use and the ruins were built upon. In the 9th century, when monk Nenius visited, he recorded what he saw: a wall surrounding the baths and made a brick of stone amen. Today, anyone can bathe in the waters at any time, and there is no restriction on who can visit. The baths were popular in the 18th century, when people became enamored with the idea of drinking spa water. However, in 1978 they were closed to the public after a girl died from a meningitis-related illness. The baths are still enjoyed by the public as a museum.
  • 00:25:00 This video provides an overview of the Roman baths, and why swimming is banned.

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