Ancient hydraulic works

Pylos bathtub

Use: Sanitary Facilities
Construction era: Mycanean
Types: Bathtub
Operation era: Mycanean
Location: Greece - Pylos
  • Koutsoyiannis, D., N. Zarkadoulas, A. N. Angelakis, and G. Tchobanoglous, Urban water management in Ancient Greece: Legacies and lessons, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management - ASCE, 2007

The ancient Greek word “ἀσάμινθος” (asaminthos), meaning bathtub, is found in Homer’s epics several times, as well as in works by later authors. A terracotta bathtub shaped like present day bathtubs is in a house in the Mycenaean Pylos, a site in south-western Peloponnesus occupied at least as early as the Middle Bronze Age. Its palace compares in size and richness with the palace of Mycenae and is believed to be the home of Nestor, the second most powerful Mycenaean king. Although the bathtub was in fixed position, it must have been filled and emptied by hand rather than being connected directly to the sewers (similarly to the Minoan bathtubs).

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