Did the Romans really defecate in public and with others?
(do not use any infantile words for feces like "poop' when responding to this thread - we're all over 18 here)
Public POOPholes where many people POOP at the same time has been pretty common throughout the ages.
Look at the shitty filter on pic related, it's modern.
I've actually shit in an open shitter like this, next to other dudes. A lot of the shitters in Ft Benning are like this, literally just a wooden board over a concrete pit with a series of holes cut into it.
Once you get over the initial embarrassment, there's literally nothing wrong with it. There's a sort of collective realization that since everyone shits, there's really nothing weird about shitting next to another person and having a conversation while doing it.
>shoot the shit with your bro while taking a shit
>"hey man got any TP?"
>"I'll do you one better, I've got baby wipes"
It depended from city to city, and establishment to establishment, I think. Some pigsty in the Subura would have one sponge for everybody, cleaned maybe every hour or every day by a slave. A bathhouse on the Palatine catering to the First and Second classes, where you pay more, probably had one sponge per man, cleaned well after each visit.
I mean, I'm speculating here, but it's probably true.
They would have just washed it in a river, and some plebs further downstream would draw water from the river to drink.
You'd be surprised how common cholera outbreaks were in the ancient world.
In the fountain that was at every compita or in the bathhouse itself, you ignorant pleb. Where do you think their shit went? Water swept it all away in plumbing into the Tiber, no reason why that clean water shouldn't be used to clean something before entering the space under the shitholes. At least, that's in Rome.
That looks like Hadrian's Wall. I live next to it.
The Romans had excellent plumbing.
This is actually pretty ingenious. If our toilets were holes like 6 meters down/underground we would never have to smell our own shit.
Roman toilets 2000 years ago was better than our toilets now.
ive had a big ol dookie doody doodle-loo with my homie holding hands under the stall. if its good enough for me its good enough for the romans who probably were all gay anywayz. lol
>can't imagine pooping without stall walls
Had to deal with this once years back in Boy Scouts; the SOP was to wait until the multi-hole outhouse was unoccupied and then get in there and shit as fast as possible to free it up for the next guy but once, I was in there doing my business and another kid came in and sat right down next to me (apparently he couldn’t wait).
Of course we had to carry on a conversation while sitting there shitting away, which is kinda weird and then as neither of us wanted to be the first to wipe, the awkward conversation dragged on and on and on…
Eventually I outlasted him, claiming I had an upset stomach.
The concept of privacy as something desirable is very knew.
Up until not too long ago you'd have your servant sleep on the floor next to your bed, so when you need to piss in the middle of the night he can hold the pot you piss in.
Hey real talk
If you have never taken a mutual shit with your bros you aren't truly friends.
Its not like you are watching the poo come out, you are just sitting next to each other having a farting contest basically, but it is an unbreakable bond, like being snowball brothers
"Sponges" were towels on sticks. They were passed around.
The "wrong end of the stick" was the end with the shit towel. That's where the saying came from. Some guy accidentally picked up the stick by the shitty end.
Infantryman here, you get over it once you have to shit bad enough.
We shit in fucking wag bags using an ammo crate as a seat in broad daylight, generally in front of at least 40 other adult males. No fucks given.
Australian army fag here, this is true.
Except I was combat engineers so if we were in a position for >2 days we built a toilet complete with a bored out hole to fill in once we leave.
Gotta cherish the few instances nowadays when being in the military actually encourages you to not be a pussy.