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The Romans saw bathing as a social activity as well as a way of keeping clean. They built communal bath houses, such as can be found at Bearsden in Glasgow, where they could relax and meet up. The Romans used a tool called a strigel to scrape dirt off their skin. Urine was used to loosen the dirt from clothing before it was washed in water.
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7 November 2008

Classroom Ideas

Students could compare Roman and modern standards of cleaning and hygiene. This could link to science lessons covering how soap and other cleaning products work or discussion of personal hygiene. This could feed into study of our reliance on a clean water supply and even a look at levels of water usage.

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