Shameless Shitting In Rome
The Romans came to northern Tunisia for one main reason: to kick the shit out of the Phoenicians who were based in Carthage . They tried three times before completely succeeded. They took over existing towns, which is why these are unusual for Roman towns. The Romans were kind of obsessive in their town planning, all grid fashion and usually built on the flat.
They did like the luxury of a quality toilet, however, and equipped it usually with running water. They were also totally shameless when it came to bodily functions, even in private homes.
Bulla Regia was a semi-underground city, built that way due to the excessive heat in summer and cold in winter. The rooms below ground were always a pleasant temperature; this no doubt added to the pleasure of taking a lengthy dump while chatting to one of your kinfolk.
They even had a smart mosaic floor:
Dougga is another strange town. Built on a hillside, the streets are all higgledy-piggledy, which must have annoyed the crap out of the grid freak Romans. Being quite a large town, it had some communal toilets, but they were single sex ones as far as is known.
This fine example is just a minute`s walk from a massive brothel….maybe for the men, then.
There can`t have been too many fat Romans around, as the bomb bays are damned close together. There was a channel of running water which was used for dipping sticks with cloth tied to them to wipe with – an early form of TP.
Again, there was a large mosaic, which is pretty much gone now, and there would have been frescos on the walls. All those hard surfaces must have made a hell of an echo chamber, what with all the trumpeting going on. Hard to concentrate on what your neighbor was saying, I`d imagine.
There was even a basin for cleaning hands in; it`s very unusual to see one as well preserved as this. At least they cleaned their hands before going down the road for a bit of fun with the sporting ladies.