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An excellent written tour of ancient Roman toilets found around Italy (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Rome, Ostia).

An intimate look at ancient Rome | OregonLive.com:

When you visit sites of ancient Roman civilization, it’s hard to know where to look first: Temples, markets, brothels and baths all draw the eye and the imagination. But if you really want to know what it was like to live in ancient Rome, you may want to consider the humble toilet.

(Via Oregon Live.)

P.S. The author’s byline reads:

After writing a creative nonfiction master’s thesis about Portland sewage, Lisa Ekman wanted to know more about toilets: their forms, their functions, and their origins. Lisa blogs about sewage and other subjects at www.lisaekman.com.