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Central building complex at Segedunum Fort

Central building complex at Segedunum Fort

Within the site at Segedunum Fort there is also a reconstruction of a Roman bath-house. It comprises 5 rooms:

The Changing room – where the bathers would change their clothes, relax and play games either before or after taking a bath

The Changing room

The Changing room

The Cold room (Frigidarium)-  a cold plunge pool

The cold bath

The cold bath

The Hot room (Caldarium) – here the heat was moistened from a water fountain to aid with sweating and cleaning

The Tepidarium

The Caldarium

The Warm room (Tepidarium) – with a temperature between the Frigidarium and the Caldarium, it could be accessed from both as either a place to warm up or cool down before returning to the Changing room.

The Tepidarium

The Tepidarium

The four rooms above form the classical suite of rooms in a Roman bath, but there is also a fifth room at Segedunum:

The Hot Dry room (Iaconicum) – this was hotter than the Caldarium and provided a dry heat to encourage sweating.

 

A model of Segedunum fort c 200AD

A model of Segedunum fort c 200AD

 

In the museum at Segedunum, there are re-constructions of a barrack room and the shrine within the Principia where the military standards and trophies were kept.

Reconstruction of barrack room

Reconstruction of barrack room

The Shrine

The Shrine

Infantry standards

Infantry standards

Cavalry Draco standards

Cavalry Draco standards

For more information on the draco standards carried by Roman cavalry see these previous blog posts:

https://petesfavouritethings.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/roman-cavalry/

https://petesfavouritethings.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/the-draco/