Roman latrines at the gymnasium complex at Ancient Salamis in Cyprus

Roman latrines in the gymnasium complex at Ancient Salamis in north-eastern Cyprus.

The structure is semi-circular and at the circumference (top left) you can see the armrests of some of the individual toilets. Apparently, these latrines had a capacity for 44 people (very cosy!).

In the centre would have been a fountain and water from this would have been led into a small channel in front of the users and used to flush the waste into the outlet. Pretty sophisticated for the times!

For a description of the gymnasium see my earlier post here and for Salamis see here.

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