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Near Sart in Salihli (district), Manisa, Turkey
 

Tuvaletler / Latrines

 
 
Latrines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
1. Latrines Marker
Inscription.
Turkish Text:

Sehrin geç antik dönemdeki yenilenmesi sirasinda, Hamam Gimnasium kompleksinin güneybati kösesine umumi tuvaletler nsa edilmistir. Tuvalet kapilarinin kuzeye ve doguya açilmasi, buranin, hem hamam müsterilerine hem de mermer caddeden geçenlere hizmet verdigi fikrini akla getirmektedir. Benzer bir sekilde düzenlenmis iki uzun dikdörtgen oda, erkeklervekadinlar tarafindan ayri ayri kullanildigini gösterir. Her iki bölümde de duvar boyunca mermer oturak siralari dizilmistir. 40 -50 cm. ara ile oyulmus tuvalet oturaklari, iki düzine kullaniciya ayni anda hizmet verecek durumdadir. Büyük tuvaletteki oturak sirasinin önünde, zeminden yükseltilmis mermer oluk vasitasiyla devamli temiz su akisi saglanmistir. Oturaklarin altinda Hamam''dan gelen su ile temizlenen derin bir kanal yer almaktadir. Burada orijinal dekorasyonun parçasi oldugu varsayilan ayakta duran Dionysos ve giyimli bir kadin heykeli bulunmustur.

English Text:

Renovation of this part of the city in late antiquity included the construction of public latrines at the southwest corner of the Bath-Gymnasium Complex. The doorways opening to the north and east suggest that they served users of the Bath as well as people walking along the marble avenue. The two long rectangular rooms were similarly arranged and
Latrines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
2. Latrines Marker
View of the marker in the foreground, with a view of the featured latrine in the ruins in the immediate background.
may have been visited by men and women separately. In both rooms stone brackets set along the walls supported continuous marble benches. Individual seats were cut at intervals of 0.4 - 0.5 meters and may have accommodated as many two dozen visitors at a time. The marble floor of the larger latrine preserves a raised border with recessed channel that carried a continuous stream of water in front of the benches. A deep sewage canal located below the seats was flushed with water from the Bath. Two small statues found here, a standing Dionysos and a draped female figure, may have belonged to the original decoration.
 
Erected by The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey, and the Harvard Art Museums and Cornell University.
 
Location. 38° 29.32′ N, 28° 2.337′ E. Marker is near Sart, Manisa, in Salihli (district). Marker can be reached from Kenan Evren Cd. just east of Sart Yolu, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is on the grounds of the Sardis Archaeological Park, near the Roman Bath-Gymnasium and Synagogue, in the area where one first enters the park, to begin their tour of the ruins. Marker is in this post office area: Sart, Manisa 45370, Turkey.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sardis (a few steps from this marker);
Latrines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
3. Latrines Marker
View of the ruins of the ancient latrine site, with some of the latrine's features, that are discussed on the marker, still plainly visible.
Boya Dükkán / Paint Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Lokantalar / Restaurants (within shouting distance of this marker); Roman Avenue (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mesken / Residence (about 90 meters away); (Yakub'un) Boya Dükkáni / (Jacob's) Paint Shop (about 90 meters away); Bath-Gymnasium Complex (about 120 meters away); Synagogue - Main Hall (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sart.
 
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Latrines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
4. Latrines Marker
View of the marker, with the ruins of the ancient latrine situated just behind the marker, and the trail leading to the rest of the local ruins going off to the right.
Latrines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2018
5. Latrines Marker
Distant view of the marker, seen on the distant right side of the picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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