The Queen of Latrines

Ancient Roman latrines / latrinae, Ostia Antica. Public Domain, Courtesy of Wikipedia.

[Koloski-Ostrow]  got started on the topic nearly a quarter of a century ago, when classicist Nicholas Horsfall called her over in the library at the American Academy in Rome. “Latrines. Roman latrines,” he whispered conspiratorially. “No one has done them properly.” She took up that challenge, and now, she says, “I am known widely on my campus as ‘the queen of latrines’.”

The secret history of ancient toilets: By scouring the remains of early loos and sewers, archaeologists are finding clues to what life was like in the Roman world and in other civilizations. Article by Chelsea Wald.


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