The Roman sanctuary at Bath has long been used in scholarship as an example par excellence of religious and artistic syncretisms in Roman Britain. With its monumental temple, baths, and hot springs, its status as one of the most significant Roman sites in the province is unquestioned. But our academic narratives about Roman Bath are also rooted in the narratives of our more recent past. This book begins by exploring how Georgian and Victorian antiquaries developed our modern story of a healing sanctuary at Roman Bath. It shows that a curative function for the sanctuary is in fact unsupported by the archaeological evidence. It then retells the story of Roman Bath by focusing on three interlinked aspects: the entanglement of the sanctuary with Roman imperialism, the role of the hot springs in the lives of worshipers, and Bath's place within the wider world of the western Roman Empire.Read more
- Refutes the model that Roman Bath was a healing sanctuary, and proposes a new model for understanding this important archaeological site
- Uses a wide array of archaeological, iconographic and epigraphic material to explore the site's social purpose in the Roman period
- Puts the Roman-period site into the broader context of religion in the western Roman Empire
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- Date Published: January 2020
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108493192
- length: 238 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 182 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.63kg
- contains: 54 b/w illus. 3 maps
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Discovering Roman Bath
2. From Bath to Aquae Sulis
3. Experiencing Roman Bath
4. Aquae Sulis and empire
5. Water from the Earth
6. The local writ large
Conclusion: from Aquae Sulis to Bath.
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