Beit She'an Public Toilets
Beit She’an Public Toilets

Using Public Toilets in ancient Roman times is something that I would not feel overly comfortable about. The Public Toilets are very “Public”. As can be seen in the Photo above, you sit over the gap and the “doings” drop into a drain/trough underneath. Water would be running through the drain and “carry” things into the main sewer.

Depending on the quality of the facility, a slave may be on hand ready to offer you a sea sponge, freshly cleaned in vinegar, attached to the end of a stick.

Makes you think about the passage in John 19:29 when Jesus was crucified. Jesus had said “I am Thirsty”. “A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.”

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