if you were a twin in ancient rome they would name the firstborn and then name the secondborn after the firstborn
if your older twin’s name was geminus, your name would be anti-geminus
that is the equivalent of naming your children steve and not steve
so what happened when triplets were born
Steve, Not Steve, Definitely Not Steve.
The Baths of Caracalla
Elaborate public baths constructed by the Emperor Caracalla around 216 CE, were a center of Roman social life and one of the great engineering triumphs of the 3rd Century. Sprawling over some 33 acres on Rome’s outskirts, the baths were a vast complex of business and entertainment establishments. At the center of everything were the baths themselves - a “frigidarium” (cold bath), several “tepidaria” (warm baths) and a “calidarium” (steam bath); most bathers passed through them in that order. Aqueducts fed thousands of gallons of mountain water into the system. Water for the tepidaria and calidarium was heated by the wood-burning furnaces connected to a network of steam pipes beneath the floors. The baths would remain in use until the 6th century when Goths destroyed aqueducts that supplied the baths with water.
These are great photos, but they really really need people in them. There isn’t, in my opinion, the proper sense of scale to these, which is the thing about the baths of Caracalla. The complex looks like it was built for twenty-foot giants, not normal people - except that they used nearly human-sized bricks, which must number in the tens of millions to make up for that fact. It’s absurd, overwhelming, and just plain huge.
(via me on dA: visit there for the full 4000x3000 images)