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Wroxeter: The bathhouse and palaestra wall


Wroxeter (Viriconium Cornoviorum), located in Shropshire near Wales, served briefly as a Legionary Fortress in the 1st century AD. The civitas capital of the Cornovii tribe, it remained an important town throughout the Roman era (AD 43-410). Portions of the public bathhouse are visible at the site today,  including this large section of standing wall separating the gymnasium (palaestra) from the bath. The wall was built of cut stones with bonding layers of flat bricks or paving tiles.

[Fig.1: Palaestra wall at Wroxeter (photo: Athena Review).]

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