The public toilets and brothel located alongside the structure were first constructed along with the baths in the 1st century A.D.
The toilets in Ephesus were ranged side by side with no partition between them.
You can watch my 2 min 47 sec Video clip Ephesus Slide-show Part II with J/Bach – Canon in Cmaj.
This has to be the oldest toilet in the world. Men, and women used to come here to sh*t there hearts out hahahahahahaha, sorry, i mean they used to come here to go to the toilet, and these holes are exactly what you must be thinking they are for. Men, and women, used to spend hours here chating and socialising. Inside the holes there is a trench which is about 8 feet deep and used to be filled with water and the slaves would have to go down there and cleen it out hahahahahahaha, i bet that was a crappy job. In front of the toilets used to be a running trough of fresh water where the Romans used to wash themselves, this is a very interesting place. Oh and b,t,w, the smell has long since gone hehehehehehehe
The latrina or public toilets was built in the first century AD. The toilet floor is paved with mosaics and in the middle of the floor it had a square pool. From the photos that I took you practically sitting next to each other, oh man you’ll smell each other business.
During Roman time the Latrina or public toilet is where the rich Roman congregate to discuss business while doing their business and their business flushed by running water underneath. In winter they use their slaves to warm the toilet seat. I wonder if the slaves had to wash their bottom. I think these rich Roman are sick people, interesting don’t you think.
The 1st C latrine is a prime attraction in today's Ephesus, located downhill and immediately adjacent to the Scholastica baths on Curetes Street. It is a noteworthy feat of engineering. The Romans prized their so-called " rooms of easement " and created elaborate decoration and plumbing. Most likely a public toilet, some references suggest is was one of the first pay toilets in the world.
Holes were cut through marble blocks, set close together, perhaps for conspiratorial conversations between the users, as there were no partitions. Ingeniously, waste was constantly removed by a continuous flow of water from the baths next door. In a gutter in front of the seats, a steady stream of fresh water allowed for cleaning. The seats were covered, but a central pool called an impluvium was an uncovered catch basin for rainwater.
The Latrina is a marble bench with several holes in it and a stream of water taking away,what-ever falls into the small holes...
...and people were sitting next to each other without any cabins...
...they could actually talk with plenty of people about lots of horses...
I finally found some pics of the Latrina on one of my Super-8 films - that is why the scanning is not really top-quality
These 1st century public toilets are really well preserved. It is a communal toilet with no partitions so you could have a chat with your pal next door! It is a large toilet area as you would expect in such a large city. The floor area would have had a pool and mosaics but there is no sign of this art work now. The pipework from heating systems can be easily seen as can the free flowing channel that ran beneath the toilet seats to wash away the ..... after you had been to the toilet!!
ok, ok :))) I know that together with ancient brothel, it's one of the most memorable experiences...
Well here is the story of the picture: being tired of standard sites like theatres and libraries, I decided to diversify my picture collection by taking a photo of the ancient toilet. My friend said to me - Hey, why not take the pic with you as well? After certain hesitations, I finally made up my mind. I circled around the site round by round trying to spot the perfect position for the pic and then thought to myself, well, if I am in the toilet, the best pic would be me sitting on that very toilet. When I announced it to my friend, the reaction was more than positive, but at the same time (for more natural effect) I was forced to...... aha! to take my shorts off!! Uhhhh! My friend also advised me to make a face as if I was pushing hard..... but I only laughed hysterically, coz the site was open to the public and..... well you can imagine!
Another interesting feature was the latriana which were built in the first century. These are public toilets which were side by side with no partitions. The wealthy would use these toilets and do their business and talk about business and politics at the same. They used this as a sort if meeting place to talk. When first built, the floor was paved with mosaic and had ornate statues.
You don't need to use your imagination too much here! The latrines were part of the Scholastica Baths and built in the 1st century AD. They were the public toilets of the city where citizens were charged an entrance fee to use them.
In the centre, there is an uncovered pool and the toilets are aligned along the walls. The columns surrounding the pool supported a wooden ceiling. There was a drainage system under the toilets which is really far down! In front of the toilets is a drainage system. This was used in order for the users to dip their sponge (which was on a stick) into the water channel in front of them so as to wipe their behind! We have a phrase in Britain about grabbing the wrong end of the stick which comes from this very scene!
One could hold a long conversation in this community toilet.A basin surrounder by four columns stands in the middle of the structure.Floor covered by mosaics.Water channel ran in front of the openings that line the walls.
I cannot imagine how it was those days!
Toilets in Ephesus were side by side with no partition between. Rich used the toilets and their slaves sat and heated toilets stones. These are the oldest flush toilets in the world they feature constantly running water
Not much privacy one was given in ancient times when one had to go to the toilet. The Latriana as it was known in ancient times were rows of holes in marble plates where the citizens of Ephesus were able to relieve themselves.
Roman toilets. This place is so eye opening. Don't forget to notice the plumbing in the walls. Also be aware that in the old days they had running water underneath these toilets that swept the fecal matter away. Also remember the ocean used to come right up to Ephesus and it was all paved in marble. imagine how awesome this place must have been back in the day! And imagine how nice cool marble must feel on the bum
GET TO EPHESUS EARLY! DONT GO ON A GUIDED TOUR TO EPHESUS, GET AN INFO BOOK ABOUT THE RUINS AND WALK THROUGH ON YOUR OWN
The public toilet system during the ancient days was well developed. Holes were made in the marble and the Romans simply lifted up their togas and relieved themselves sitting down. A drainage system flushed away the waste material into the sea.
Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, what the hell is that brown stuff down there, is it a snake, OH NO, ITS SH*T hahahahahahahaha