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View looking west at the west end of the Women's Changing Room (apodyterium).  Note the cubby holes on both sidewalls for the storage of clothes.  At the far end of the room was a cold pool (frigidarium) for the women to use.

At the Stabian Baths at Pompeii, the women had their own section with a separate entrance, changing room, hot room, and warm room.


The Stabian Baths were the oldest and largest baths in Pompeii and were constructed in the second century B.C.  They included a (un)dressing room (apodyterium), a medium temperature room (tepidarium), a hot room (caldarium), and a cold room (frigidarium).  One usually proceeded through the bath in that order.  Besides these usual rooms, they included a men's and a women's sections (thus baths), a large open exercise area (palestra), and a swimming pool.

The earthquake of A.D. 62 severely damaged these baths and some areas were not in use at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius.