Public Latrines at Ephesus
The area directly beneath the Temple of Hadrian and the Baths of Varius was where the city's public latrines were located.
From the marks on the threshold and on the side walls we can conclude that the entrance consisted of Double Doors.
The public Latrines served an important function in ancient times as it was a place where one could socialize as well as perform one's natural duties.
Many important topics were discussed here from trade to politics which is why those who may have had a private latrine in their home would still frequent the public bath house.
The latrines were designed for communal use without any dividing walls or panels between the users.
The waste products were carried away to the sea by an underground duct while the long basin in front of the toilet seats was used for washing.
Mosaics decorated the floor of this covered latrine where a square open basin stood center.