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Public baths in Roman Britain

The clip examines how and why Roman baths were introduced to Britain and the variety of uses that they had. Bettany Hughes visits the baths in the city of Bath that were known as Aquae Sulis. The baths were named after the goddess Sulis because Romans believed her power lived in the water. The clip shows how Romans used to place curses on others by scratching it on to metal and throwing it in to the water. The importance of such places is further shown by the Roman belief that the water cured illnesses and people would throw gifts in to the baths to give thanks. Bettany looks closely at some of the coins that have been recovered. The clip continues to show other activities such as relaxation, fitness and washing.

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