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June 26, 2012 / Stephanie Vermillion

Remembering Rome in the City of Bath

To finish up our semester delving into global communications, we went on one final field trip to the City of Bath. We visited several sites to soak up the city’s culture, including the Jane Austen Center, a few museums and, you guessed it, the famous Roman baths.

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Roman Baths, Bath, England

Roman Baths, Bath, England

Bath’s Roman baths were built over 2,000 years ago as part of the Roman Empire. At that time, the city was known as Aquae Sulis, and was built by soldiers, architects and craftsmen to function as both a bath house and a temple. After its construction, local tribes, officials and priests used the baths for fun, relaxing and making offerings to the gods. It’s said these Roman baths are the equivalent of present day leisure centers.

My first thought upon entering the baths was “Oh my goodness, we’re back in Italy,” as memories of my summer studying abroad in the historical city of Rome flooded my brain. I pictured all the ancient ruins we saw during that summer, and for a moment thought maybe I had developed Harry Potter’s super powers and teleported into the Roman Forum with 80 degree, sunny summer temperatures.

Unfortunately heavy rain drops snapped me out of that dream, and I realized the ancient Roman ruins I was studying were in England, where summer average temps rarely bypass 70, and sunshine is bimonthly at most.

Roman Baths, Bath, England

Roman Baths, Bath, England (Amy forgot to open her eyes)

But that’s okay, because being in this ancient city with its historically-rich past only further solidified my main reason for loving the UK: The diverse, broad range of sights and histories that developed in such a small area of land. And a visit to any of these places wouldn’t be complete without traditional England weather (or at least that’s what I’ll keep telling/convincing myself until August 11).

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