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Welcome to the companion Web site to the NOVA program "Roman Bath," scheduled for rebroadcast on January 31, 2006. In the film, which is a part of the NOVA series Secrets of Lost Empires, an international crew of archeologists, engineers, and historians designs, builds, and tests a functioning Roman bath in the Turkish countryside. Here's what you'll find online:
  • A Day at the Baths
    Wander through the frigidarium, tepidarium, caldarium, and other vital rooms in our online reconstruction of the famous Baths of Caracalla.

  • Construct an Aqueduct (Hot Science)
    The Emperor has appointed you Chief Water Engineer on an aqueduct-building project. To successfully ferry water from the hills, you'll need to learn when to use a tunnel or a covered trench, a wall, or an arcade. Good luck!

  • Watering Ancient Rome
    Peter Aicher, author of "Guide to the Aqueducts of Ancient Rome," marvels at the sophistication of the Romans' water distribution system, which included aqueducts fully 60 miles long.

  • NOVA Builds a Bath
    Plunge into the planning, preparation, and realization of a real Roman bath, which a NOVA crew of experts built in Sart, Turkey, on a site that was once part of the Roman city of Sardes.

  • Real Roman Recipes
    Get a taste for dishes and delicacies that Romans might have sampled while enjoying a bath. Recipes include mulsum (honeyed wine), boiled eggs in pine nut sauce, and that Roman staple, garum fish sauce.
Plus Resources and a Teacher's Guide.

A Day at the Baths | Construct an Aqueduct | Watering Ancient Rome
NOVA Builds a Bath | Real Roman Recipes | Resources | Transcript

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