New publication: Greek Baths and Bathing Culture

New Discoveries and Approaches
Sandra K. Lucore and Monika Trümper eds.,
Babesch Supplements 23, PEETERS 2013.

(Photo on the cover: Aerial view of the North Baths at Morgantina; Photo American Excavations at Morgantina)

This volume is the outcome of the first conference to take place on the topic of Greek baths and bathing culture, a central but hitherto neglected area in the field of ancient studies. Fifteen papers by an international group of archaeologists, art historians and ancient historians discuss Greek bathing culture from a socio-historical and cultural-anthropological perspective, resulting in a comprehensive reassessment that elucidates the sophistication of both the architecture and the culture of bathing throughout the Greek world. Individual papers examine bathing in the context of science, medicine and the cultural discourses coded in images on vases, while the majority focus on the archaeological evidence itself, as the crucial component in this reassessment that removes Greek baths from the traditional category of ‘primitive predecessors’ to Roman baths. From Greece and Egypt in the east, to Sicily, southern Italy and France in the west, new information from recent excavations is brought to bear on a wide range of related issues, including urban contexts, regional variations in experimental design and construction, innovations in technology, and the social meaning of the rise of bathing culture in the Hellenistic period. This better understanding of Greek baths adds a crucial element to the much debated question of the relationship between Greek and Roman bathing culture.

This book also provides the first comprehensive catalog of all known Greek public baths (balaneia), including descriptions, plans and bibliographies, as a major reference tool for future comparative research on ancient bathing culture and beyond. catalog and papers combined make this a rich study of a topic of newly recognized significance in the ancient world.

Contents :

  • Sandra K. Lucore and Monika Trümper, Acknowledgments
  • Monika Trümper, Introduction
  • Adrian Stähli, Women bathing, Displaying Female Attractiveness on Greek Vases
  • Rebecca Flemming, Baths and bathing in greek Medicine
  • Monika Trümper, Urban context of greek Public baths
  • Fikret K. Yegül, Thermal Matters: intersected legacies of the greek and roman baths and bathing culture
  • Vassilis Tsiolis, The baths at Fregellae and the transition from Balaneion to Balneum
  • Giovanna Greco and Carmelo di Nicuolo, The hellenistic baths at Velia
  • Maria Teresa Iannelli and Francesco Cuteri, Caulonia – Monasterace Marina: hellenistic baths in the building near the ‘casamatta’
  • Claudio Sabbione, A newly identified greek bath building at locri epizefiri
  • Sandra K. Lucore, Bathing in hieronian Sicily
  • Daniele Napolitani and Ken Saito, Archimedes and the baths: not only one eureka
  • Christian Russenberger, A new bathtub with hypocaust in Peristyle house 2 at Monte Iato
  • Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, The hellenistic Balaneion at the roman Forum of Thessaloniki
  • Emanuele Greco and Paolo Vitti, The bath complex in Hephaistia (Lemnos)
  • Cornelia Römer, The greek baths in the Fayum at Euhemeria and Theadelphia: a Preliminary report
  • Thibaud Fournet and Bérangère Redon, Heating systems of greek baths. New Evidence from Egypt
  • Thibaud Fournet, Map: location of greek Public baths
  • Monika Trümper, Catalog of greek baths. Introduction
  • Thibaud Fournet, Sandra K. Lucore, Bérangère Redon, Monika Trümper, Catalog
  • Bibliography
  • List of contributors

information and purchase: Peeters Publisher website

Below: choice of some drawings from the catalog of the 71 known Greek public baths (Thibaud Fournet, Sandra K. Lucore, Bérangère Redon, Monika Trümper)



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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