International conference at the American Academy in Rome: GREEK BATHS AND BATHING CULTURE, NEW DISCOVERIES AND APPROACHES

On 16-17 April 2010 at the American Academy in Rome, an ambitious international conference  — see the full Program below — will re-examine the evidence for Greek and Greek-style baths. The conference promises to revise our understanding of the significance of an extraordinary range of ever-increasing archaeological material. That includes the earliest evidence from Greece itself, with developments down into the later Roman imperial period, where Greek and Greek-style baths continued alongside Roman complexes.

Co-organizing the conference are independent scholar Sandra Lucore FAAR’07, and Monika Trümper, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


One major contribution of the conference is that it will examine baths and related evidence in areas outside the Greek mainland—a traditional focus—including the Aegean islands, Cyprus, Egypt, southern France, and Sicily and south Italy. Here the archaeological evidence, especially from the Hellenistic period, shows much that was innovative and experimental in architectural design, decoration and construction technology. Plus the evidence from Sicily (especially Syracuse, the home of Archimedes) and south Italy is crucial to any discussion of the origins of Roman baths. Many larger topics naturally emerge from this discussion of the archaeology of Greek baths, including ownership and patronage, social customs, hygienic and curative aspects, and gender, religious and ethnic issues.

Conference program


  • 9:00-9:30 Sandra Lucore (Tokyo) – M. Trümper (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Introduction
  • 9:30-10:15 Fikret Yegül (University of California, Santa Barbara) Thermal Matters: Intersected Legacies of Greek and Roman Baths
  • 10:15-11:00 Rebecca Flemming (University of Cambridge) The Rise of Bathing in Greek Medicine
  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee break
  • 11:30-12:15 Adrian Stähli (University of Zürich) Women Bathing on Greek Vases
  • 12:15-13:00 Sandra Lucore (Tokyo) Bathing Culture in Hieronian Sicily
  • 13:00-14:30 Lunch Break
  • 14:30-15:15 Pier Daniele Napolitani (University of Pisa) Archimede e le volte
  • 15:15-16:00 Giovanna Greco (University of Naples Federico II) Il complesso delle terme ellenistiche ad Elea/Velia
  • 16:00-16:15 Coffee break
  • 16:15-17:15 Emanuele Greco (Italian School of Archaeology, Athens) – Paolo Vitti (University of Rome, La Sapienza/Italian School of Archaeology, Athens) Bagno Greco di Efestia/Lemno


  • 9:00-9:45 Polixeni Adam-Veleni (Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki) A Hellenistic Bath in Thessaloniki
  • 9:45-10:30 Cornelia Römer (German Archaeological Institute, Cairo) The Greek Baths in the Fayyum
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00-12:00 Thibaud Fournet (CNRS Damascus) – Bérangère Redon (University of Lille 3/IFAO Cairo) Le chauffage des bains grecs: découvertes récentes en Égypte et tentative de synthèse
  • 12:00-12:45 Skevi Christodoulou (University of Cyprus) Hellenistic balaneia in Cyprus: the Institution of Bathing in Context
  • 13:00-14:30 Lunch Break
  • 14:30-15:15 Monika Trümper (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Urban Contexts of Greek Public Baths
  • 15:15-16:15 Fikret Yegül (University of California, Santa Barbara) Response and final discussion



The conference is funded by generous support from the Gerda Henkel Foundation
and also Mrs. Muriel Bell. For more information, please contact
Corey Brennan at the American Academy in Rome.


L'identifiant "Balnéorient" regroupe deux des membres du projet éponyme, Th. Fournet (Ifpo) et B. Redon (HiSoMA), en charge de la mise en ligne des billets. Ces derniers sont cependant souvent le fait d'autres participants au programme. Ils sont dans ce cas signalés comme auteur.

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  1. Rousselot dit :

    Bonjour si cela était possible j’aimerais avoir le texte de l’intervention de Adrian Stähli, de Zurich : Womn bathing on Greek vases. ( 17 mars 2010)

    merci beaucoup.

    Marguerite Rousselot
    doctorante EPHE

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