"Tepidarium (that’s a Warm Room): Here
there is warm water in the pools and so adults sit in them and
relax. You might rub yourself with olive oil in this room."
"Laconicum (another Hot Room): This is a
small round room where you can sit and sweat even more!"
(a Swimming Pool). This is a long pool where you can swim or splash
about with your friends. The water is warm here and comes from the
Apulia: "When we go to the baths we go through
"Apodyterium (that’s a Changing Room): Where we
take off our clothes and leave them in cupboards. Here you can pick
up a towel."
"Caldarium (that’s a Hot Room): This is
very hot! It's heated by the hypocaust (that’s underfloor
heating) and the floor is so hot you have to wear wooden shoes or
jump about a lot! This is where you sweat lots."
"The Romans didn’t use soap: they rubbed olive oil onto their
skin, when they had sweated lots they scraped off the oil and dirt
with a special shaped tool that they called a 'strigil'."