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Sergius Orata: Inventor of the Hypocaust?

Garrett G. Fagan
Phoenix
Vol. 50, No. 1 (Spring, 1996), pp. 56-66
DOI: 10.2307/1192681
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1192681
Page Count: 11
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Sergius Orata: Inventor of the Hypocaust?
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Abstract

The evidence for Sergius Orata and his "hanging baths" (pensiles balineae) is subjected to close scrutiny and shown to be insufficient for securing Orata's role as the inventor of the hypocaust. Rather, the evidence suggests that pensiles balineae were fishponds of some sort. As a result, Orata ought to be excluded from the history of Roman baths. / L'auteur réexamine les documents concernant Sergius Orata et ses "bains suspendus" (pensiles balineae) et démontre qu'on ne peut pas les utiliser pour attribuer à Orata le rôle de l'inventeur de l'hypocauste. Ces documents suggèrent plutôt que les pensiles balineae étaient en fait des espèces de viviers. Le nom d'Orata doit donc être biffé de l'histoire des bains romains.

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