One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A room in an ancient Roman baths used for hot-air or steam baths.
- ‘Most tours start with a visit to the palestra or gym, followed by a look at the laconicum or Turkish bath.’
- ‘In the caldarium and laconicum, the patent hot air heaters were supplemented by radiant heat panels.’
- ‘Other rooms provided moist steam, dry heat like a sauna (laconicum), and massage with perfumed oils.’
- ‘This underfloor heating system was present in the tepidarium, the caldarium and the laconicum where the floors were supported on pillars of tiles or pilae.’
- ‘The over-ambitious attempt at providing a laconicum was abandoned, probably due to a lack of success.’
Latin, neuter of Laconicus ‘Laconic’, this type of room being first used by the Spartans.
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