11 May 2022
Second year classicists visited the Roman Baths in Bath for the first time since 2019. They were able to see the key archaeological finds of this unique site – a Celtic holy site converted by the Romans into a sanctuary of healing and health, featuring a set of baths heated naturally, unlike the usual Roman bathhouses found elsewhere in Europe. It was an opportunity to explore the Roman approach to religion, including syncretism and black magic, as well as the technology needed to build such baths. As ever, the pupils were dubious about the delights of tasting the spring water, but recovered enough to enjoy some ice-cream and fudge at the end of the day.