How The Ancient Romans Went To The Bathroom

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The tersorium (“a wiping thing”) was the Ancient Roman butt-wiping tool of choice. After relieving themselves at the public toilets, the Romans would use sea sponges on sticks (the tersoria) to clean themselves; they would dip the tersoria in a gutter at the foot of the public toilets — which continuously flowed with clean running water — before wiping. It was unknown how they stored and cleaned these tersoria, or if they were for public use, but they have been connected to the quick spread of intestinal diseases and parasites. Read full article here

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