Bath-Building

However, probably in the Augustan period this side of the forum seems to have already been occupied by the bath-building, which was enlarged in the 2nd century AD, superimposing and obliterating the Hellenistic public building. Excavations carried out in 1964-1966, and later in 1988 found a row of three large heated rooms (calidaria) dated from Antonini era (2nd century AD).

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The ground plan of the baths does not appear to follow the canonical axial type. It has been assumed, that the tepidarium was also formed by three rooms in a row on the opposite side (north), now incorporated in the houses of Via della Zecca, which can approximately give the overall dimensions of the bath- building as about 38 x 27m. These considerable dimensions as well as the marble crustae of parietal coverings and the mosaic ceilings testify the public character of the baths.