Kom al-Dikka Roman Bath The Polish Archaeological Mission of Kom al-Dikka, led by Grzegorz Majcherek (Univ. Warsaw), has done many different discoveries in the recent years and did new plans and discoveries in the bath area. The study of the largest Roman/Late Roman bath, situated in the center of the modern town as it was also in ancient times. Cat.no. 11.
Near the Auditorium halls at Kom al-Dikka; 31°11'44.97"N, 29°54'14.17"E
Well preserved. Imperial bath.
At least 61x47.
a) fourth century A.D.; b) 7 century A.D.
a) Symmertical rectangular plan of eastern Mediterranean type.
a) faced street R4, a vestibule led into the cold bath. On either side a double sequence of chambers occurred with the warm room, room for rubbing down, steam bath, and hot room with a large pool. 272
Decorations with painted walls depicting imitation veneer of coloured stones. Water arrangement through reservoir built above ground.
McKenzie, 2007, 212-214; Rodziewicz, 2009, 191-201.
CONCLUSION Bathing is a relaxing enjoyable act in Hellenistic – Roman Egypt that continued to the Arab era until today. The culture of bathing is a great evidence of interaction between Greece and Egypt in the daily life-style. There is no doubt that Greek made an evolution of the bathing style that in some cases was related to religious attitude. The ideas of purification and knowledge, joy and pleasure were attested in many different texts and archaeological evidence. Bath was in many cases related to prostitution especially in the Roman and Late Roman period, a common habit in all ports around the Mediterranean. The Hellenistic tholos bath arrived to Alexandria in the 4th century AD became a fashion in the city, unfortunately no remains are visible today. But the examples of Taposiris Magna, the Delta sites,